Theft is the broad definition of unlawfully taking someone else’s property and encompasses a wide range of offenses within it. Read the information listed below to learn more about the difference types of theft, its penalties and punishments, and its defenses.

WHAT IS THEFT?

NRS 205.0832 defines theft as unlawfully controlling a person’s property with the intent to deprive the person of that property.

Theft includes the following:

  • Shoplifting
  • Pick-pocketing
  • Grand larceny
  • Petit larceny
  • Auto burglary
  • Car jacking
  • Fraud
  •  Robbery

PENALTIES AND PUNISHMENTS OF THEFT INCLUDE:

  • If the value of the property or services is less than $650, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.

  • If the value of the property or services is $650 or more but less than $3,500, the person is guilty of a category C felony

  • If the value of the property or services is $3,500 or more, the person is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 10 years, and by a fine of not more than $10,000.

  • In addition to any other penalty, the court shall order the person who committed the theft to pay restitution.

DEFENSES TO THEFT CHARGES IN LAS VEGAS:

  • 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.

 In order to thoroughly analyze your situation if you have been changed with theft, it is crucial to contact an experienced Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney who will give you the advice you need and the representation you deserve. Contact Adrian Lobo today at (702) 290-8998 to schedule a consultation.