Theft Crimes in Las Vegas, Nevada

Theft is defined as the unlawful taking of another person’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive the person of the property permanently. Theft is often listed alongside property crimes such as arson and vandalism. There are a number of crimes that involve theft in the Nevada code. A sample of theft crimes include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Petty Larceny
  • Pick-pocketing
  • Grand Larceny
  • Grand Larceny Auto
  • Auto Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Car Jacking
  • Embezzlement

Most theft crimes involve petty larceny and grand larceny. Depending on the value of the items stolen, the theft could be a misdemeanor or a felony. If a deadly weapon was involved in any of these crimes, the crime is then moved into the ‘violent crimes’ category, and more severe charges are faced. If you are charged with a theft crime in Southern Nevada, you need an attorney who understands how the prosecutor is going approach the case and what can be done to make sure you do not face the maximum penalties. The Law Office of Mark Coburn will provide you with reliable representation to ensure success in your defense.

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What are some penalties for theft in Nevada?

For misdemeanors such as petty theft, the punishment range is:

  • A fine up to $1000 and/or 6 months in jail
  • Possible additional restitution for the stolen items

Felony theft such as burglary or robbery could either fall into the Category B felony range or the Category C felony range. Punishment for these includes:

  • 1-5 years in prison
  • A possible fine of $10,000
  • Restitution for the items stolen

What is Nevada’s definition of petty larceny?

Pettty Larceny or petty theft is defined as someone intentionally takes away the property of another valued under $250 without his or her consent. This is a misdemeanor carrying a sentence of up to 6 months in jail, and a fine up to $1,000.

What is Nevada’s definition of burglary?

Under NRS 205.060 burglary is defined as entry into a home, business, structure, vehicle, and  plane with the intent to commit any of the following crimes:

  • Larceny or Grand Larceny
  • Assault or Battery
  • Any felony
  • Get property or money by false pretenses

This crime is usually considered a “B” felony with a sentence between 1 to 10 years in prison, and a possible fine up to $10,000. It is important to note that there does not need to be any “breaking and entering” in order to be accused of burglary. As long as you go into any of the listed buildings or structures and intend to take something it can be considered burglary.

What is Nevada’s definition of robbery?

Under NRS 200.380, the legal definition of robbery is the unlawful taking of personal property from the person of another or in the person’s presence, against his or her will by means of force or violence to his or her person or property. This crime is a “B” felony carrying a prison sentence of 2 to 15 years.

What are some defenses to theft crimes?

There are a number of defenses to theft crimes. Some of the common defenses are:

  • Lack of intent
  • There was no taking
  • The property was given to you or it was your property

Contact our The Law Office of Mark Coburn at (702) 384-1001(702) 384-1001 for a free evaluation of your case so we’ll be able to discuss your options and begin building your defense immediately.