Dealing With Theft Charges in Las Vegas

embezzlementThere are Different Theft Crimes in Nevada 

In Nevada, theft is a charge that carries many definitions and extensive penalties, so it is imperative if you have been charged that you are working with an experienced, competent attorney. Theft is typically defined as taking another person’s property unlawfully, without their consent and with the intention of depriving this person permanently of that property.

Recognized Theft Crimes in Nevada

Here is a sample of theft crimes in the Nevada code: Petit Larceny, Grand Larceny, Grand Larceny auto, Burglary (NRS 205.060), pick-pocketing, shoplifting, robbery (NRS 200.380), fraud, identity theft, embezzlement and car jacking. Depending on the value of the items stolen, the theft could be a misdemeanor or a felony, and the range of punishments will increase if a weapon was involved or a person was injured during the crime.

Defenses used in Theft Crimes

With so many levels of theft crimes, it is always possible, with the right attorney, to get the charges reduced. Here are some efficient defenses.

• Lack of Intent – shows that the defendant actually did not intent to keep the property.
• The property was given to the defendant.
• The property was really the property of the defendant.
• The property was not taken at all.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is the most recent kind of theft, and it involves “stealing” a person’s identifying information from public records. The person’s personal information is taken and used for their own gain. Identity theft or identity fraud is “stealing” the victim’s information to misuse as they will. (205.4615, 205.4617, 205.4629, 205.463, 205.464, 205.465.)

In Nevada, identity theft is more severely punished for these reasons.

1. The victim is over 60 years of age.
2. The crimes caused financial loss of over $3,000.
3. The victim is disabled in anyway.

Please call the Potter Criminal Defense team if you are dealing with any form of theft charges to defend your legal rights!