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What Kind of Offense Is Pickpocketing?

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What Kind of Offense Is Pickpocketing?


Generally defined, pickpocketing is a type of theft crime that occurs when a person uses dexterity to take another individuals property or money without them knowing. Movies usually depict someone committing the offense by bumping into an individual and slipping their wallet out of a pocket or sliding a watch off their wrist. Although the act seems like a petty offense, In Nevada, it is actually a serious crime that is charged as a felony.

Defining Pickpocketing

Under N.R.S. 205.270, pickpocketing is defined as taking, for their own personal use, the property of another person without their consent. The statute also distinguishes pickpocketing from robbery. The latter offense is a more serious crime that involves using threats or force to appropriate an item from the alleged victim. When a person commits pickpocketing, the person is unaware that anything has been pilfered from them.

Potential Conviction Penalties

Pickpocketing is a felony offense, and the penalties a person could face for a conviction depend on the value of the item taken.

If the property was worth less than $3,500, the crime is charged as a category C felony. The individual could face between 1 and 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Taking property valued at $3,500 or more results in a category B felony charge. This offense is punished by between 1 and 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover

If you’re facing allegations of committing a theft crime, contact our attorney for the defense you need. We have over 20 years of legal experience and have served as a deputy district attorney; we know the tactics prosecutors use to land a conviction. Having this unique perspective, we will develop an effective strategy to challenge the evidence presented against you.

If you’ve been charged with pickpocketing, it’s imperative to retain experienced legal help. To discuss your case, call us today at (775) 502-1575 or contact us online.

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