Nevada Crime of Petit Larceny (Petty Larceny)- NRS 205.240
Petit larceny is a theft crime in Las Vegas that requires the intent to steal. Petit larceny is only a misdemeanor charge in Las Vegas, Nevada, but an intentional theft charge on your record may make it difficult to get a job.
If you have been arrested for petit larceny, contact a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney to defend the charges or even have them dismissed.
Legal Definition of Petit Larceny
Petit larceny is the intentional theft of items worth $250 or more, but less than $650, from a person against his or her will.
Usually petit larceny charges in Las Vegas take the form of an arrest for shoplifting, but there are other activities that can also result in charges for petit, or petty, larceny:
- Removing property from a hotel room;
- Removing fixtures from real property; or
- Leading or carrying away domesticated animals and pets.
As long as the property is worth less than $650, the Nevada crime of petit larceny can be charged. If the property is worth more than $650, you can be arrested or charged with grand larceny instead.
How does Petit Larceny Relate to the Burglary?
Petit larceny is not a lesser-included offense of burglary, which means that you can be charged with both crimes. This is another reason why retaining a criminal lawyer to handle your petit larceny charge as soon as possible is very important to protect your rights.
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Sentencing for Petit Larceny in Las Vegas
Petit larceny in Nevada is a misdemeanor offense that will probably not result in jail time. If you are convicted of a petit larceny charge in Las Vegas, you will be required to pay restitution.
The sentence increases for petit larceny in Nevada if the property involved includes utility wires or scrap metal. A minimum of 100 hours of community service may be required for a first offense, and the penalties can increase to a felony depending on the value of the property taken.
Defenses to Petit Larceny
Value is always a defense in theft cases, including petit larceny cases in Las Vegas, Nevada. The highest reasonable value of the goods taken or carried away will be applied.
Part ownership of the property may not be a defense. Contact a Las Vegas defense lawyer before taking away property you believe belongs to you, and which another person believes belongs to him or her to avoid arrest for petit larceny.
If you are arrested or charged with Petit Larceny in Las Vegas, Nevada, call Nick Wooldridge – a competent defense attorney who can help.
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