Numerous laws in the State of Nevada establish criminal offenses for circumstances that constitute theft. Regardless of the precise nature of the theft charge you face, The Gersten Law Firm will aggressively defend you against the charge.
Las Vegas attorney Joseph Gersten has extensive experience that provides him with a unique background especially important in his criminal defense practice. He holds a Master of Forensic Sciences degree and worked for the Intelligence Division of the U.S. Secret Service, as well as the Office of Criminal Investigations at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He also has substantial trial experience.
Attorney Gersten will put his extensive criminal defense experience and local knowledge to work in assessing the full circumstances surrounding your case, asserting a forceful defense, and exploring all options for resolving the charges. Call 702.857.8777 or complete our online form to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
In addition to many individual laws for specific types of theft crimes, Nevada has a general statutory section for theft offenses. Under that section, theft is classified either as a misdemeanor or felony, based on the dollar amount involved in the theft, as follows:
In addition to prison time and a fine, the court is required to order restitution to the victim(s) of the theft.
The statute for misdemeanor and felony theft enumerates the circumstances in which the offenses apply. A person commits theft under the provision if he or she knowingly:
The statute specifically states that offense of theft described in this section constitutes a single offense that embraces the separate offenses commonly known as larceny, possessing/receiving stolen property, embezzlement, obtaining property by false pretenses, issuing a check without sufficient money or credit, and other similar offenses.
In addition to the crime of theft, Nevada laws provide for crimes of grand larceny and petit larceny (also sometimes referred to as petty larceny). There are also specific crimes for grand larceny of a motor vehicle and grand larceny of a firearm.
Grand larceny involves stealing or taking away:
Additional grand larceny offenses include:
The categories of grand larceny offenses are as follows:
All grand larceny convictions include orders of restitution.
Petit larceny offenses are similar to those that constitute grand larceny, except that the value of the property is under six hundred and fifty dollars ($650). Petit larceny is a misdemeanor.
In addition to motor vehicle and firearm theft, the most common examples of grand and petit larceny in Las Vegas include:
In addition to the preceding statutory provisions, Nevada has individual laws that apply to apply to specific situations involving different types of theft. When law enforcement officers are presented with circumstances involving theft, they will charge the offenses most closely related to the specific situation.
Burglary and robbery are technically not theft offenses. Like theft, burglary is a crime involving property. Burglary involves entering a building or vehicle with intent to steal once inside. Generally, burglary is a category B felony.
Unlike theft offenses, robbery is considered to be a crime against a person, rather than against property. Robbery involves taking another person’s property by use of force or threats. Generally, it is a category B felony.
Any theft conviction or guilty plea — even for a misdemeanor — will negatively impact your life. A conviction on your public record can affect employment and housing opportunities, loan applications, and many other situations in which your record is reviewed. That makes it extremely important to be represented by a skillful criminal defense attorney anytime you are charged with a theft offense.
At The Gersten Law Firm, we vigorously represent clients facing Las Vegas or Clark County theft charges. We work to get the charges dismissed if at all possible. We know the local justice system and are extremely effective in negotiating with prosecutors to find the best resolution in every case.
In addition to defending clients facing theft charges, The Gersten Law Firm assists clients in getting conviction records sealed. For misdemeanor convictions, you can ask the court to seal the record after just a year. For most category B and C felonies, the waiting period is five (5) years. These time limits were significantly reduced in 2017. You can read more about the changes in our article about the shorter waiting periods.
If you are facing a theft or other criminal charge in Las Vegas, Henderson, or elsewhere in Clark County, Las Vegas attorney Joseph Gersten will discuss and evaluate your case based on his extensive criminal defense experience. Your initial consultation is free-of-charge. Call 702.857.8777 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment.