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Theft Charges in Las Vegas

embezzlementSection 205.0832 of the Nevada Revised Statute talks about the crime of theft. It can happen whenever someone “controls any property of another person with the intent to deprive” or when someone converts property to become their own. Obtaining property by a “material misrepresentation” can also result in theft charges being brought.

When determining the punishment for theft, the courts will look at the value of the property that was taken. If less than $650, the crime is considered a misdemeanor, but if more than that amount, it is a felony. It can then be considered either a Category B or Category C felony, carrying a prison term of up to ten years and a fine of up to $10,000. Restitution to the victim can be ordered in addition to jail time and monetary fines.

Theft charges can often be negotiated whenever the value of certain property is in question. Attorneys may also use the lack of intent or the fact that someone acted under duress as defenses for the crime of theft as well. The exact defense will depend upon the circumstances, which is why you should call a criminal defense attorney such as Cal Potter if you are accused of this crime.