When you are faced with charges for giving false information to a pawnbroker in South Florida, the expert theft attorneys at Rossen law firm are here to help give you expert advice and a supportive shoulder to lean on. 

How is Giving False Information to a Pawnbroker a Crime? 

Giving False Information or Verification to a pawn broker in Fort Lauderdale occurs when a person knowingly and falsely verifies that he or she is the rightful owner of a certain item(s) of property in order to pawn the property and receive money in exchange. It is essentially possessing something that is not one’s own, but falsely verifying that it is and then selling it to a pawn shop for money.

The Florida Pawnbroking Act requires pawnbrokers to obtain a statement from any person attempting to pawn an item that the person owns the item, that the item is not stolen, that there are no liens or other encumbrances against the item and that person has a right to enter into the pawn transaction.

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Providing false information to a pawnbroker has harsh consequences in South Florida and things can get serious pretty quickly; it is important that you act fast once you are charged with this crime and enlist the help of an expert attorney. The consequences can be more or less severe depending on the amount you received during the pawn of the item. 

If the received amount is valued at less than $300, the crime of giving false information to a pawnbroker is a third-degree felony. A third-degree felony carries consequences of up to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $5,000. 

If the received amount is valued at more than $300, the crime of giving false information to a pawnbroker is a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony carries consequences of up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.


If you’re facing a charge for giving false information to a pawnbroker in Fort Lauderdale – you’ve come to the right place. Rossen Law Firm has a substantial amount of experience providing a powerful and resilient defense. We do not back down from any fight!

We believe certain charges such as giving false information to a pawnbroker is a cry for help, not the actions of a criminal. We believe that bad things can happen to good people and we are here to help, not judge.

If you’ve been charged with giving false information to a pawnbroker in South Florida, you are not alone. We are here to assist you through this and listen to your story and discuss the best course of action for you. One mistake shouldn’t have the power to ruin your life – and with our help, we can fight off the negative repercussions that come with a criminal charge. Contact our team today to get started.

Defenses to Giving False Information to a Pawnbroker 

  • Consent: The Consent defense is used when the accused had permission from the owner to possess their property. If you believe you were granted permission to have the item you pawned, the defense of consent may be used. 
  • Prevent Criminal Activity: If someone is accused of giving false information to a pawnbroker and they were attempting to prevent another criminal charge from occurring this defense can be used. 
  • Lack of Knowledge: The defense of a Lack of Knowledge can be used if the accused was not aware that he or she provided false verification to the pawnbroker. In no way does being unaware of the law serve as a complete defense but it does support other defenses.

Free Criminal Defense Strategy Session For Giving False Information to a Pawnbroker Charge in South Florida

We handle many theft cases including giving false information to a pawnbroker. We can protect your rights and fight for your freedom.

We offer COMPLIMENTARY strategy sessions that let you know how we plan to win your case! Others call them consultations but we do things differently around here. We believe in showing you how we can achieve the best results for you.


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