Theft Crimes

Theft crimes encompass a range of illegal activity punishable by jail time, fines, and other penalties. Thomas Moskal represents clients facing theft charges in Nevada and provides expert counsel that can help reduce or even dismiss charges.

Defining Theft

In Nevada, theft may include:

  • Controlling another individual’s property with the intent of depriving them of the property
  • Converting or obtaining the property or services of another individuals by unauthorized means, misrepresentation, or failing to make an effort to obtain the true owner
  • Receiving stolen property, whether knowingly or suspecting it was stolen
  • Obtaining services, products, or items without paying or agreeing to pay for them
  • Diverting services, products, or items without lawful authority
  • Taking, concealing, destroying, or disposing of another individual’s property with the intent to defraud that person
  • Taking gasoline or other fuel without paying or agreeing to pay for it

Larceny Crimes

Larceny is a particular form of theft that may include:

  • Intentionally taking the property or personal goods of another individual
  • Wrongfully withdrawing or transferring money from an ATM or other device
  • Intentionally taking domesticated animals, birds, or livestock owned by another
  • Intentionally taking a motor vehicle or firearm owned by another individual

Penalties For Theft And Larceny

If the value of the goods, property, or services, or property stolen is less than $1,200, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor. The offense is punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Stealing property valued at $1,200 or more is considered a felony. If the stolen item is a firearm or motor vehicle, then the crime is also a felony. Property or services valued more than $1,200 but less than $5,000 is a Category D felony punishable by one to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

If the stolen property or services is valued between $5,000 and $25,000, then the crime is a category C felony. A conviction may bring a one- to five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

Stealing a motor vehicle is a category C felony, unless it’s a repeat offense

In Nevada, category B felonies are divided into three levels of penalties:

  • Stealing a vehicle more than once within five years is punishable by one to six years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
  • Stealing a firearm or other property valued between $25,000 and $100,000 is punishable by one to 10 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • If the stolen property or services are valued at $100,000 or more, the defendant faces one to 20 years in state prison and a $15,000 fine.

In addition to jail time and fines, convicted defendants are required to pay restitution to the victim.

Shoplifting Crimes

Stealing merchandise is punishable by both criminal and civil penalties.

The store owner may hold the defendant (or the parent or legal guardian of the minor who commits the crime) civilly liable for:

  • The retail value of the merchandise
  • Legal costs of the lawsuit
  • Reasonable attorney’s fees
  • Damages of more than $100 and less than $250

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