False Information to a Pawn Broker

Denver & Jefferson County False Information to a Pawnbroker Lawyer, C.R.S. 12-56-104

Whenever someone pawns an item in Denver or Jefferson County, they will be asked to attest to their ownership of the property. Essentially, they must swear that they are the owner of the property. If they are not, and the item is found to have belonged to another, the person can be charged with a class 6 felony called False Information to a Pawnbroker. In other words, it is a felony for anyone to knowingly give false information to a Pawnbroker. Colorado's Pawnbroker law requires anyone pawning any item to state that they are the lawful owner of the property being pawned. If an item is stolen, the thief who goes to pawn the item will naturally provide false information when they sign a form which says they are the owner of the item. If a low value item worth $100 is stolen, pawing the item can turn a misdemeanor Theft into a felony.

False Information to a Pawnbroker in Arapahoe County - What is False Information?

The form which must be signed in Arapahoe County includes information of the pawn customer's name, his address, and date of birth. In addition, the pawn customer must state truthfully that he is the owner of the property, whether the property is 100% owned by the customer, the length of time the customer has owned the property and if the customer or someone else found the property. If the property is claimed to have been found, the customer must provide the details of the item being found.

What is the Crime of False Information to a Pawnbroker in Adams or Douglas County?

The exact language of this Douglas and Adams County crime is listed at C.R.S. 12-56-104(5):

"Any customer who knowingly gives false information with respect to the information required by section 12-56-103(1) commits a class 6 felony and shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-401, C.R.S."

A natural question arises concerning the information required at 12-56-103(1). That is the information listed above, including: the name, address, date of birth, and ID of the customer. There must also be a detailed account of when the item was pawned, what the item is and its description, identification numbers such as a serial number, model number, brand name or other identifying marks on such property. Of course, you must also give the sworn statement of ownership.

Pawnbroker Information - What is the Reason for these Requirements?

This law is an attempt to reduce the market for stolen goods. If an item is stolen, the law seeks to identify the thief and get the missing items returned to the owner. Imagine a scenario where several items are stolen during a burglary - such as a TV, DVD player and stereo. Once the items are pawned, their serial number and descriptions would end up in written records or records which can be electronically searched. Police could quickly identify the thief if the pawnbroker kept accurate records and got a good ID from the person doing the pawning.

If you are facing charges of False Information to a Pawnbroker, contact Denver's top criminal defense lawyers at 303-731-0719. Never speak to the police. Together, we can protect your future.

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