Floyd Mayweather, otherwise known as the “Money” to boxing fans, reported a burglary at one of his Las Vegas homes last week. He has since offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the return of his belongings.
Mayweather, known for his extravagant spending habits, purchased approximately $400,000 in Hermes handbags while in Paris in 2016, documenting it on his social media accounts. Apparently, this got some notice as Mayweather indicated that some of these “valuable” handbags were part of the items stolen in the recent burglary.
After the burglary, he again took to social media to post photos of himself holding stacks of money while offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrator.
Although this is unfortunate for Mr. Mayweather, who said that home should be a place of “peace, relaxation, and comfort” and found the taking of his personal items “hurtful and disturbing,” those who live in and around Las Vegas have been justifiably concerned about home invasion incidents for many years.
In Las Vegas, as an entertainment hub known around the world, we open our doors for many criminal opportunists. We have seen home invasions and burglaries on the rise throughout the area just since the pandemic. But because we take these crimes so seriously, so are the penalties for those who are convicted of burglary.
In Nevada, you can still be arrested and charged with burglary even if you haven’t actually committed a crime once you are inside the building. Under state statute NRS 205.060, the crime of burglary is defined as entering a building or vehicle with the “intent” to commit another crime while you’re there.
The courts assume that if you are unlawfully in a building, you are there to commit a crime. Consequently, you may be charged with a crime just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Depending on other variables, you may also be charged with additional penalties apart from the burglary, from petty larceny to a felony.
Fortunately, if you have the right Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer, you have defense options available to you. A talented attorney may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed entirely.
In the case of Mr. Mayweather, it will be interesting to see what transpires and who decided to risk their personal freedom for some handbags. Residential burglary alone is a category B felony and can result in 1 to 10 years in state prison. The individuals will also be facing penalties under Nevada’s “Home Invasion” laws which carry their own stiff penalties.
No matter who you are or what your motivation, however, if you are charged with a crime, you are legally entitled to a legal defense. At LV Criminal Defense, we would be happy to discuss your options under the law. Call us at (702) 623-6362 to schedule an appointment.