Las Vegas Grand Larceny (NRS 205.220)
Grand larceny is one of several theft crimes in Nevada that involve stealing on purpose. Grand larceny is a crime of moral turpitude in Nevada. This means that it can have an especially negative impact on employment and immigration matters.
If you have been arrested for grand larceny in Las Vegas, Nevada, contact a defense attorney as soon as possible to protect these valuable rights.
Legal Definition of Grand Larceny in Nevada
In Nevada, the most common type of grand larceny involves an intentional stealing, taking, carrying away, leading away, or driving away of another person’s property without his or her consent. For a grand larceny charge, the value of the property must be over $650.
Nevada law also specifies certain behavior that can also result in a grand larceny charge, such as:
- Removing property from a hotel room;
- Improperly using a debit or ATM card (or a device that simulates one) to take money belonging to another person out of a financial institution;
- Luring away or preventing identification of livestock;
- Stealing domesticated animals and pets; or
- Theft of scrap metal or utility property over a 90 day period.
For all of these activities, the value of the property must be more than $650 for a person to be charged with the Nevada crime of grand larceny. If the property is worth less than $250, the charge of petit larceny may apply instead.
What is the sentence for grand larceny in Las Vegas?
If you are arrested for grand larceny in Las Vegas, the length of the sentence will depend on whether the amount of goods stolen is more or less than $3,500.
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- For goods valued between $650 and $3,499, the charge is a Category C felony, which is punishable by 1 to 4 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
- For goods valued at more than $3,500, the charge is a Category B felony. A Category B felony in Nevada for grand larceny is punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
As with other theft crimes in Nevada, the court will require the defendant to pay restitution to the victim of grand larceny.
Grand Larceny of a Firearm
Stealing a firearm in Nevada is another type of grand larceny that can be charged separately. It is a Category B felony, with prison time up to 10 years and fines up to $10,000, in addition to a requirement to pay restitution.
Defenses for Grand Larceny Charges in Nevada
Grand larceny is a crime of intent in Nevada. It also requires the state to show that the person arrested for grand larceny carried away or hid the property with the intent to take it away later. If the state does not have enough evidence to show that you intended to steal the property, or that you actually carried it away, the grand larceny charge will fail.
Another defense in a Las Vegas, Nevada grand larceny case is property valued at less than $650. The Nevada Supreme Court has determined that a “reasonable” value of property must be shown, and this may require more than just the testimony of a security officer in a store, or even the amount listed on a price tag. Still, the highest “reasonable” value will be applied.
Just because you have an ownership interest in some of the property you are carrying away, the charge of grand larceny may still apply.
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Grand larceny is a serious offense that can impact your ability to get hired in the future or even put your immigration status at risk. Your best defense is hiring LV Criminal Defense – a team of qualified Las Vegas defense lawyers – to represent you if you have been arrested for grand larceny.