Theft can range from shoplifting an item worth a few dollars, to stealing a car, to taking millions of dollars from an unsuspecting victim. Penalties depend on the type of theft, the victims, and the reported value of the stolen items. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for theft, you need a Las Vegas attorney who understands what it means to fight for their clients and keep them out of jail.
Theft is categorized as a crime against property. A person commits theft if, without lawful authority, they take any property of another person with the intent to deprive them of the property. An individual can also be charged with theft for larceny, embezzlement, theft by misrepresentation, receiving stolen property, or check fraud.
Penalties for Theft
Penalties for theft charges may depend on the scope of the theft, an individual’s criminal history, and the value of the items or money involved. The amount involved in a theft is deemed to be the highest value by any reasonable standard of valuation for the property or services obtained. The value may be aggregated where thefts are committed pursuant to a scheme or continuing course of conduct.
Theft of property, money, or services valued at less than $650 is considered a misdemeanor. Theft of property or services valued at $650 or more is considered a felony. If the value of the property or services is valued at $3,500 or more, the theft is charged as a category B felony, punishable by a minimum of one year in prison, up to a maximum of 10 years, and a $10,000 fine. In addition, the defendant may have to pay full restitution to the victim of the theft.
Organized Retail Theft
Individuals charged with organized retail theft may face additional penalties. Even if they had a minor part in the overall theft scheme, they may be charged with the aggregated value of property or services involved. This means that if one person was part of a shoplifting ring, and only stole $100 dollars worth of goods, but the group stole $10,000 worth of goods over the past few months, they may be facing theft of $10,000 or more. Penalties for organized retail theft of $10,000 or more include a minimum of 2 years in prison, up to a maximum of 15 years in jail.
Legal Defenses to Theft Charges
There may be many legal defenses available depending on the facts of your case. Your experienced criminal defense attorney will investigate your case, and identify all possible legal defenses. This may include claiming mistaken identification, that you were the rightful property owner, or you were unaware the property was stolen. Talk to your attorney about possible defenses to the charges you are facing.
Las Vegas Theft Defense Attorney
Theft is a felony in Nevada, and a conviction can affect you for the rest of your life. If you or a loved one is facing theft charges, you need an experienced Las Vegas attorney to fight for you. Nadine Morton has over 13 years of experience defending individuals facing felony criminal charges in Las Vegas and throughout Clark County. She understands what it takes to build a strong case and fight to keep her clients out of jail so they can get back to a normal life.