Larceny is illegal in Nevada. Larceny offenses are considered property crimes, which are made illegal in Chapter 205 of Title 15 of Nevada’s state code. The larceny subcategory of Chapter 205 details different kinds of larceny offenses, establishes the definition of each type of larceny crime, and imposes penalties for larceny.
Larceny could be grand or petit larceny depending upon the value of items taken and the nature of the theft. There are also statutes within Chapter 205 that address specific types of larceny. For example, there is a statute that specifically criminalizes the taking of a firearm.
If you have been accused of grand larceny of a firearm, the penalties you face are very serious. You could be looking at a lengthy jail sentence and a damaging criminal record if convicted. You don’t want your future derailed or your rights curtailed by an accusation of grand larceny of a firearm, so you should make certain that you are proactive in responding to charges.
LV Criminal Defense can help. Our Nevada criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience providing representation to defendants accused of all different types of larceny offenses and related property crimes. We can put our knowledge of this area of the law to work for you so you’ll have the best chance of avoiding conviction or minimizing penalties. To find out more about the help we can offer, give us a call today.
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Nevada Revised Statute section 205.226 is the statute in Nevada’s code that deals with grand larceny in connection with the theft of a firearm. According to the relevant statute, you can be charged with grand larceny of a firearm if you intentionally steal, take, or carry away a firearm that is owned by another person. Because the statute requires intent, a prosecutor must prove your motivations in taking the firearm in order to secure a conviction against you. If a prosecutor cannot prove that you purposely took the firearm away from its lawful owner, you should not be convicted of grand larceny of a firearm.
If a prosecutor is able to successfully prove that you intentionally carried away a firearm that was owned by another person, you will be convicted of a category B felony offense under N.R.S. 205.226. You can be sentenced to a minimum of one year imprisonment for this category B felony and to a maximum prison term of 10 years. Because of the minimum term of imprisonment called for in the statute, the court has little leeway to impose a lesser sentence if you have been convicted of grand larceny of a firearm so you will likely have to serve at least some time in jail if you are found guilty. You can also be fined up to $10,000 in addition to the prison sentence for taking the firearm unlawfully.
According to N.R.S. 205.226, a defendant who is convicted of grand larceny of a firearm can also be required to pay restitution. This means you could be made to pay money to repay the person whose firearm you took from him and to make that individual whole. The requirement that you make restitution is separate from other penalties imposed under N.R.S. 205.226. This means you could be both fined up to $10,000 and made to repay the cost of the firearm you took – which could mean a conviction has substantial financial consequences for you.
Because of the serious penalties associated with grand larceny of a firearm, you should reach out to LV Criminal Defense as soon as you have been charged. Our firm is here and ready to fight for your rights in connection with larceny crimes, so give us a call today to talk with Las Vegas criminal attorneys who can help you.