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Theft Crimes in the State of Nevada

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Burglary, also known as “breaking and entering,” is legally defined as entering a home, business, structure, vehicle, plane, or railcar with the intent to steal, commit assault or battery on any person, commit any felony, or obtain money or property by false pretenses (NRS 205.060). Therefore, while burglary is often considered a theft crime, you don’t actually have to steal anything to be convicted.

If you have been charged with burglary, you do not have to face your burglary charges alone. The Law offices of Kenneth A. Stover features an award-winning Reno criminal defense lawyer. With more than 20 years of experience, Attorney Kenneth Stover knows the importance of confronting your charges with an aggressive and thorough defense.

If you are facing burglary charges, contact the skilled Reno theft crime attorney at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover at (775) 502-1575 today to retain award-winning legal counsel for your case.

Penalties for Burglary in Nevada

Consequences for being found guilty of burglary can vary with the circumstances of your crime. For example, if the crime involves a deadly weapon or injured victims, the penalties increase and the classification of your charge may be raised. Simple burglary is considered a “Category B Felony.”

Penalties for burglary in Nevada can include:

  • One year minimum prison term
  • Fine of up to $10,000
  • Permanent criminal record
  • Restitution to victims (if theft occurred)

The key to a burglary conviction is the intent to commit a crime. If you enter a premises with the intent to commit one of the aforementioned offenses, and that intent is proven in a court of law, you can be exposed to these significant criminal penalties. Likewise, you do not need to actually break into a structure to commit burglary—the door or window could be unlocked or left wide open and you still could be charged. These broad legal definitions often mean that the accused have been wrongly classified as burglars when simple trespassing or a misunderstanding is actually the case.

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