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Reno Looting Attorney

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Looting is a type of theft that occurs when people steal during riots, natural disasters, or other emergency situations. Typically, this is a crime of opportunity, and many people may go on a stealing spree at once at a store or group of stores. However, looting can also happen at a residence if the homeowners have evacuated for safety.

If you’re facing a looting charge, give our skilled Reno theft crimes lawyer a call. Attorney Ken Stover has more than 25 years of legal experience to offer your case. Depending on your circumstances, you could also be facing years in prison and excessive fines. Let us see what we can do for you.

Get your case started by calling us at (775) 502-1575 or filling out our online form today.

Nevada Law

Nevada doesn’t have a specific statute prohibiting looting. Instead, alleged looters are prosecuted for one or more of the following four theft crimes:

What separates the offenses is the total value of the stolen items, the type of items, and the intent behind the looting. Petty theft only requires an offender took less than $650 worth of property when looting, while grand larceny requires an offender to steal $650 or more worth of property.

Burglary, in addition, means entering a building or car with the intent to steal, whether or not the person succeeds in taking anything. Likewise, auto theft involves stealing a car or other vehicle during the looting.


The penalties depend on the crime you are accused of. If you are facing a petty theft charge, you could get up to 6 months in jail or up to $1,000 in fines. Grand larceny could get you 1 to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if the value of the stolen property ranges between $650 and $3,500. However, if the value of the property exceeds $3,500, you could get 1 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Burglary penalties and auto theft are similar in that the more severe penalties will occur if the value of the property stolen exceeds $3,500 in value. If you are charged with burglary, you could face from 1 to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. If you are charged with auto theft, you get from 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Talk to Us About Your Case Today

If you’re facing several looting charges, you could be looking at excessively high fines, time in prison, and restitution for the victims. Let our Reno criminal defense attorney help you defend your rights and your freedom.

Contact us at (775) 502-1575 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation.