Lee County Sheriff’s Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33912
The Florida Pawnbroking Act
The Florida Pawnbroking Act further states: If the victim and the pawnbroker do not resolve the matter within ten (10) days after the pawnbroker’s receipt of the notice, the victim may petition the court to order the return of the property, naming the pawnbroker as a defendant. The pawnbroker is required to hold the property until the right to possession is resolved by the parties or by the court.
To obtain a court order, contact:
Clerk of Court
Lee County Justice Center
1700 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
If, after a hearing, the court orders the return of the property to the claimant, the claimant may recover the claimant’s attorney’s fees from the pawnbroker. If convicted of theft, the court shall order that the conveying customer must repay the pawnbroker the full amount the customer received from the pawnbroker for the property. The conveying customer shall be responsible for the pawnbroker’s cost incurred in the proceeding including the broker’s attorney’s fees incurred by defending a replevin action. If the court finds that the claimant failed to comply with the requirements of the statute, or otherwise finds against the claimant, the claimant is liable for the defendant’s costs, including attorney’s fees.
**Disclaimer: This material is for general information only and shall not be construed as legal advice or counseling.**