Theft is the wrongful assumption of an individual’s property. The person wrongfully assumes the property by taking it and carrying it away. They do this with the intent to permanently deprive the individual of their property. The type of crime a person is charged with depends on the specific facts of the case. For instance, embezzlement involves a fraudulently converting someone’s property for their own use. A person accused of taking money or property under false pretenses won’t be charged with embezzlement, but false pretenses. Both are types of theft charges.

What Is Petit Larceny in Nevada?

Petit larceny, also known as petty theft, is based on the value of the property stolen. In Nevada, petit larceny is the intentional act of taking away another individual’s property without their permission. The property’s value is less than $650, which is what separates petit larceny form other forms of larceny.

What Will Nevada Prosecutors Have to Prove to Convict Me of Petit Larceny?

In order to convict a defendant of petit larceny in Nevada, the state must prove that the defendant:

  • Took another individual’s personal property or real property that has been converted into personal property by being removed from real property
  • Had the intent to permanently deprive the individual of their property
  • Had no right or permission from the owner to take and/or carry away the property

As previously mentioned, the property must be worth less than $650.

Is Petit Larceny a Felony or Misdemeanor in Nevada?

Petit larceny is a misdemeanor crime. The punishment for a misdemeanor is:

  • Six months in jail
  • $1,000 fine
  • Restitution

Are There Any Defenses That I Can Use to Fight This Charge?

Yes, there are theft defenses available to someone facing a petit larceny charge, depending on the circumstances of a person’s case. For instance, a person can use the lack of intent defense. Under the crime of petit larceny, the defendant must possess the specific intent to permanently deprive the owner of their property. Thus, a person could not have committed petit larceny if they did not actually intend to deprive the owner.

Should I Contact an Attorney?

If you are facing a petit larceny charge, then you will need to create a defense strategy. It is in your best interest to talk to a Nevada attorney about creating a defense strategy and resolving your criminal charge.