What is theft?
Theft is the unlawful taking of a person’s property without their permission, or the intent to permanently deprive someone of their property. Any kind of theft crime can vary in the severity of punishment that follows the crime. There are many types of theft crimes, and specific laws and penalties that follow a theft charge. When it comes to theft crimes, you might find yourself convicted with the following:
- Burglary: According to Nevada law, burglary is defined as entering a structure with the intent to commit grand or petit larceny, assault or battery on any person or any felony, or to obtain money or property by false pretenses, is guilty of burglary.
- Embezzlement: This usually occurs in an employment or corporate setting and is defined as the theft of assets by someone who is put in a position of trust or responsibility over the stolen assets.
- Petit Larceny: Known as the lowest form of theft crime in Las Vegas, petit larceny is any theft of property or money that values below $650.
- Robbery: Nevada law defines robbery as “the unlawful taking of personal property from the person of another, or in the person’s presence, against his or her will, by means of force or violence or fear of injury, immediate or future, to his or her person or property, or the person or property of a member of his or her family, or of anyone in his or her company at the time of the robbery.”
- Shoplifting: Shoplifting is a common crime in the state of Nevada, and is defined as illegally taking a small amount of merchandise from a retail store. If you are charged with shoplifting, how you are convicted depends on the monetary value of what was taken from the store. Although most people consider shoplifting a minor crime, the penalties if you are caught and convicted can be very serious. They can have lasting consequences on your life and cost you a substantial amount of money.
- Grand Larceny: Under Nevada law, grand theft is defined as “the unlawful or illegal taking of someone else’s property that is valued over $650.” If the property is valued under $650, the theft does not fall under the charge of grand larceny.
- Pick Pocketing: This is the theft of an item from someone without his or her knowledge. The victim will not know the item is stolen until they go to look for it.
- Possession of Stolen Property: It is unlawful to have or receive any stolen property, as it is punishable by law.
There is a wide range of punishments for theft crimes and they vary on the degree the theft is classified as, a misdemeanor or felony. For a misdemeanor charge, you are looking at fines up to $1,000 and/or a jail term of six months and the possible reinstatement of the stolen items. For a felony charge, you are looking at a Category B or Category C felony that holds the penalties of one to five years in prison, fines up to $10,000, and the return of the stolen item or restitution for their value.
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