Theft is a type of property crime typically associated with stealing or intentionally taking something. In Nevada, there are specific types of theft crimes that can have serious consequences if the person is convicted of the charge.

How is Petty Theft Defined in Nevada?

The state defines any property taken valued less than $650 as petty theft, also known as petit larceny. The term shoplifting is generally used when the property is taken from a retail store. A person convicted of petit larceny may receive a six-month jail sentence plus a fine.

How Much Time Will I Get for Grand Larceny?

Like petty theft, grand larceny is defined as taking property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the owner. What makes it “grand” is the property is value more than $650. If convicted, a person faces one to five years in prison.

Is Burglary Considered a Theft Crime?

Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into property of another without permission. It also includes the intent to commit another felony such as battery, larceny, or assault. In other words, one must be guilty of another felony or attempting to commit another felony while unlawfully entering the property of another.

Although theft or robbery is usually the reason a defendant may be accused of burglary, a person may be charged with burglary if the defendant entered the property with intent to commit a non-theft felony. Thus, burglary may sometimes be considered a theft crime, but whether burglary is a theft crime depends on what the first felony was.

What is the Crime of Larceny of a Person?

In Nevada, the crime of larceny from a person is the taking of an individual’s property from their person with their knowledge. This crime is considered pickpocketing.

Should I Consult a Lawyer About My Theft Charge?

Yes, it’s in your best interest to seek the help of a Nevada criminal lawyer. The lawyer will explain possible defenses and what can be done to reduce or get the charges dropped.