Larceny, commonly broken down into petit and grand larceny, is a serious offense that can have severe consequences in the future. Prosecutors pay close attention to the item stolen and its value in order to accurately charge you with the crime. Read the information below to learn more about larceny, the two types of larceny, their punishments and their defenses. 

WHAT IS LARCENY?

There are two types of larceny that are determined by the value of the property or item stolen.

Petit larceny is defined by NRS 205.240 as “Intentionally steals, takes and carries away, leads away or drives away: Personal goods or property, with a value of less than $650, owned by another person”

Grand larceny is defined by NRS 205.220 as “Intentionally steals, takes and carries away, leads away or drives away: Personal goods or property, with a value of $650 or more, owned by another person"

PENALTY FOR PETIT LARCENY CHARGES:

A person who is convicted of petit larceny is guilty of a misdemeanor and will be ordered by the court to pay restitution.

PENALTIES FOR GRAND LARCENY CHARGES:

If the value of the property involved in the grand larceny is less than $3,500, you are guilty of a category C felony and shall be punished:

  • A minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 5 years in a state prison; and

  • A possible fine of not more than $10,000.

If the value of the property involved in the grand larceny is $3,500 or more, you are guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished:

  • A minimum term of 1 year and a maximum term of 10 years in a state prison; and

  • A fine of not more than $10,000.

In addition to any other penalty, you will be required to pay restitution.

 If you are convicted of grand larceny of a firearm, you are guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished:

  • A minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 10 years in a state prison, and,

  • By a fine of not more than $10,000.

  • You may also be required to pay restitution.

If you are convicted of grand larceny of a motor vehicle, you are guilty of a category C felony and shall be punished: 

  • A minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 5 years in a state prison, and

  • By a possible fine of no more than $10,000, and

  • Will be required to pay restitution

If the prosecution can prove that the value of the motor vehicle involved is $3,500 or more, you are guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished:

  • A minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 10 years in a state prison, and

  • By a fine of not more than $10,000, and

  • Will be required to pay restitution

DEFENSES TO LARCENY CHARGES:

  • There has to be lack of intent. If you did not intent to take a person’s property away, then you did not commit theft.

  • The property was given to you and is yours. If you are the rightful owner of the property and it was given to you, then you did not commit theft.

If you or someone you know has been convicted of petit or grand larceny, contact an experienced lawyer who will fight for your rights and get you the help you deserved. Adrian Lobo is a qualified Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who has dealt with a multitude of larceny cases and is committed to giving you the representation you are entitled to.