Reno Theft Crimes Defense Attorney
Understanding Nevada’s Theft Crime Laws
The laws regarding theft are highly detailed and encompass every kind of theft, from the smallest
of infractions to the most grievous offenses. Whatever your charges, you
should make sure you secure the legal representation you need to help
you fight back against these accusations.
Call us today at (775) 502-1575 to start exploring your legal options in a
Frequently Asked Nevada Theft Crime Questions
How are Theft Charges Issued? - The severity of your charges will depend on the circumstances of your
crime, including how you stole the property in question and how much the
property in question was worth. The latter of those two is the most important—the
value of the property stolen will determine your baseline charges, while
other circumstances could apply as either “aggravating” or
“mitigating” factors. This means that someone who commits
armed robbery of a jewelry store will unquestionably be in a much more
serious situation than someone who stole a video game from the electronics retailer.
Am I Going to Go to Jail? - This is the question we receive arguably the most. Nevada is extremely
strict on theft crimes, but that doesn’t always mean you’re
going to go to jail for it. If the value of the goods or services you’re
accused of stealing is less than $250, you’ll face misdemeanor theft
charges, also known as “petit larceny.” While up to six months in jail
is a possible penalty, most low-level offenses avoid prison altogether. However,
anything over $250 becomes a felony, which almost always means at least
a minimal jail sentence, and the higher the value of the property stolen,
the longer your jail sentence will be.
What Penalties Can I Face for a Conviction? - As stated previously, the penalties you face will depend on the severity
of your crime, and the severity of the crime depends on the value of the
property stolen, plus any aggravating or mitigating factors. Misdemeanor
theft charges carry maximum penalties of up to six months in jail and
a fine of up to $1,000, and felony charges can go as high as 10 years
in prison and $10,000 in fines. Beyond that, there are added penalties
in the form of a permanent criminal history, and at all levels the court
has the authority to order you to pay restitution to your victim for the
value of the property stolen.
I Didn’t Steal the Property, Why Am I Being Charged? - Like every other state in the union, Nevada has laws that prohibit you
from receiving and possessing any property that you know to be stolen.
Possessing stolen property is charged along the same lines as if you stole
the property yourself, which means you could face felony accusations even
though you weren’t directly involved with the theft.
Do I Need a Lawyer? - You should absolutely make sure you have a Reno theft crime attorney
on your side to help fight your charges. A skilled advocate can help you
review the evidence in your case, properly present your arguments, and
then fight to secure your freedom. An attorney can make sure your case
is handled properly, that any illegitimate evidence is suppressed, and
that you have the best possible chance at reaching the ideal outcome.
It’s strongly advised you do
not try and face your accusations on your own.
Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover Theft Legal Counsel
Theft can come in many shapes and forms, from simply taking a candy bar
from a store to the systematic theft of many investors or customers in
a white collar crime. For the accused, a theft conviction will usually
result in a permanent criminal record as well as fines, and jail time
in addition to restitution for victims.
The penalties for these crimes will all vary, usually based on things such
as the value of the property stolen, any previous criminal history, the
presence of any aggravating factors, and whether any violence or violent
threats occurred during the incident. If you are facing charges for a
theft crime in Reno, then time is of the essence. Retain the skilled Reno
theft crime lawyer you need to face your charges with confidence.
The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover has the criminal law experience and
resources to assist you with your theft allegations. Attorney Stover previously
served as a former deputy district attorney and special prosecutor for
the cities of Reno and Sparks and has been named for multiple industry
honors, including a rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and inclusion
in several national “top lawyers” lists.
If you need legal defense for a theft accusation,
contact us today to schedule a
free, confidential consultation for your case.