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theft by finding

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theft by finding
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Scots Law
Expert:  ScotsLawPro replied 8 years ago.

Hi toneylowe1

 

Sorry, what is your question?

 

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
the definition of scottish law relating to theft by finding
Expert:  ScotsLawPro replied 8 years ago.

Hi again

 

Theft by finding is quite simply when you find property that you know or suspect belongs to someone else, make no effort to find the owner or hand the property to the police or someone else in authority and thereafter retain it for your own use or dispose of it as if you were the beneficial owner.

 

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
what would be considered as a reasonable amount of time to return the property
Expert:  ScotsLawPro replied 8 years ago.

Hi again

 

There is no strict time limits and each case would turn on it's own merits. I would suggest that a reasonable guide would probably be 72 hours but that's only a personal view and is NOT law. There is no time scale set by law.

 

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
So if it is the intention to return the property whatever the timescale is this theft under scottish law?
Expert:  ScotsLawPro replied 8 years ago.

No certainly not. I can't put a timescale on it. If you intend to return the property it is not theft as there is no intention to deprive, but there would come a time where this might be quite hard to prove.

 

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
this was regarding some cash that i picked up and because i do not go to scotland that often (daughter in university) I was going to take this to a police station when i went up again, it was as i recall the beginning of february
Expert:  ScotsLawPro replied 8 years ago.

If you are intending handing it in there is no prospect of you being charged with theft by finding.

 

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