Grand Larceny in Nevada
According to Nevada Law NRS 205.220, Grand Larceny is deliberately stealing someone else’s property valued at $1,200 or greater. Stealing is defined as taking property that belongs to another person or entity, without permission from the owner. Larceny is a specific type of theft that involves stealing someone’s personal property and is considered a felony. Common grand larceny involves:
- Stealing furniture from a hotel room
- Stealing someone else’s farm animals
- Using an ATM to withdraw someone else’s money without permission
Penalties for Grand Larceny
Penalties for grand larceny vary depending on the value of the property that the defendant was accused of stealing. If the value of the stolen property ranges from $1,200 to $5,000, it is considered a category D felony with 1 to 4 years in Nevada State Prison, restitution payments, and a fine up to $5,000. If the value of the stolen property ranges from $5,000 to less than $25,000, it is considered a category C felony with 1 to 5 years in Nevada State Prison, restitution payments, and a fine up to $10,000. If the value of the stolen property ranges from $25,000 to less than $100,000, it is considered a category B felony with punishments of 1 to 10 years in Nevada State Prison. Additionally, you will face restitution payments and a $10,000 fine. If the value of the stolen property is $100,000 or more, it is considered a category B felony with punishments of 1 to 20 years in Nevada State Prison, restitution payments, and a $15,000 fine. Grand Larceny is considered a felony, and defendants who have been convicted of violating the Nevada Law must wait at least 5 years after the case is closed to get a criminal record sealed.
Defenses for Grand Larceny
There are possible defense strategies for someone accused of grand larceny, that could get their charges reduced or even dismissed. These strategic defense include:
- The defendant owned the property they were accused of stealing.
- The property was worth less than $1,200.
- The defendant had no intent to steal.
- The police obtained the evidence by violating the Nevada Search and Seizure Laws.
Although it may be hard to defend Grand Larceny, if the prosecutor has insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, there should be no criminal charges. Defendants with a clean criminal record and paying the full restitution amount have the greatest chances to have their grand larceny case reduced to a misdemeanor, or even dismissed.
Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
According to NRS 205.228, Grand Larceny of a motor vehicle is when a person deliberately steals and drives off with a vehicle belonging to someone else. Motor vehicle theft includes:
- Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle by hotwiring while the owner is gone
- Having access to the car keys and stealing the vehicle
- Agreeing to buy a car, but driving off without payment
- Stealing a car that was temporarily entrusted for work
- Failing to return a rental car
A first-time offense in motor vehicle Grand Larceny is prosecuted as a category C felony which carries penalties of 1 to 5 years in Nevada State Prison, restitution for the value of the motor vehicle, and a fine up to $10,000. Although, a second offense within a five-year period is prosecuted as a category B felony, with 1 to 6 years in Nevada State Prison, restitution for the value of the motor vehicle, and an additional fine up to $5,000. It is possible to get a motor vehicle theft charge reduced, or even dismissed, but it can be very difficult, and sufficient evidence is needed.
Grand Larceny is a very serious criminal charge in Nevada, and it holds serious penalties that can change your life. If you are facing Larceny or theft charges, it is recommended to speak with a trusted legal team to discuss the next steps. At The Defenders, our attorneys have years of experience dealing with criminal charges, including Grand Larceny and theft, and know the legal system better than anyone else. If you or a loved one is facing charges, our attorneys will aggressively fight by your side and determine what the best course of action is moving forward.