Possession of Stolen Property
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Receiving property you know was stolen, regardless of whether or not you
pay for it, is considered a crime by the state of Nevada. This means you
can be convicted of a theft crime even if you did not actually steal anything
yourself. Receiving stolen property is covered by Nevada law under code
NRS 205.272, which states that “A person commits an offense involving
stolen property if the person, for his or her own gain, or to prevent
the owner from again possessing the owner’s property, buys, receives,
possesses or withholds property."
If you are accused of possessing property that was stolen, it is strongly
advised that you seek legal representation to defend yourself as soon
as possible. The
Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover have defended numerous clients against a multitude of theft crimes. Our
Reno criminal defense lawyer has helped clients in over 70 courts all across the state of Nevada, and
may be able to help you fight back against your charges.
Don’t hesitate to begin mounting your criminal defense. Call the
Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover at (775) 502-1575 today.
“What if I didn’t know the property was stolen?”
This is just one common defense to accusations of possessing stolen property.
Nevada law says that if you were not aware and had no reason to be aware
that the property in question was stolen, then no crime was committed.
Likewise you cannot possibly commit the crime if you never actually possess
the property in question. If you never actually obtain control over whatever
was stolen, your charges will likely be dropped.
- Penalties for possessing stolen property valued at less than $650 in Nevada
- Victim restitution
- A jail sentence of up to six months
- Other possible sentences, such as community services
This level of stolen property possession is a misdemeanor in Nevada, however
increased property values or any aggravating factors can result in the
crime being upgraded to a felony. If the value of the property is over
$3,500, you could be facing up to ten years in prison and fines of up
to $10,000. Additionally, if you are in the country on a temporary visa,
possession of stolen property could result in possible deportation if
you are convicted.
Take action now. Contact the
Reno theft crime attorney at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover today to schedule a