In Nevada, you can face serious consequences if you engage in property crimes. Property crimes are defined within Chapter 205 of Title 15, and there are different categories of property crimes including robbery, theft, and larceny.
Each different type of property crime has its own particular elements that prosecutors must prove, which are defined by statute. One example of a property crime involves taking property from the person of another under circumstances that don’t amount to robbery.
If you are accused of taking property from another’s person, you need to understand what a prosecutor must prove and what penalties you are facing so you can decide on the best way to respond to charges.
LV Criminal Defense can help. Our legal team can work closely with you to identify the risks that you face in connection with an accusation of property crimes and to take steps to ensure that you are moving forward with the best response to charges. To find out how our Vegas defense firm can represent your interests as you navigate the criminal justice system, give us a call today.
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Nevada Revised Statute section 205.270 is the statute that defines the crime of taking property from another person in circumstances not constituting a robbery. According to the relevant statute, any defendant who takes property directly off another person in circumstances that don’t rise to the level of robbery with the intent to misappropriate the property for his or her own use and without the consent of the person from whom the property is taken can be found guilty of a crime.
Robbery offenses involve taking property off another’s person through the use of force or threats. This means that when someone takes property from another person but does not use force or threats in order to do so, the individual who takes the property should be charged under N.R.S. 205.270 instead of being charged under the robbery statute in Nevada’s criminal code.
The penalties vary depending upon the value of the property that is taken off the victim’s person. If the value of the property totaled less than $2,500, the defendant can be convicted of a category C felony. However, the value of the property that was taken is worth $2,500 or more, then the defendant can be convicted of a category B felony and can be punished with a minimum of one year imprisonment and a maximum of 10 years of imprisonment.
The statute makes clear that the court cannot suspend the sentence or grant probation to any defendant who is convicted of taking property off the person of another if the victim from whom the property was allegedly taken has any infirmity caused by old age or otherwise caused by his physical condition. This means that conviction under these circumstances would lead to jail time because of the mandatory minimum one year sentence and the prohibition against probation or a suspended sentence.
In addition to the prison sentence that could be imposed, a defendant can also be ordered to pay a fine up to $10,000 if convicted of taking property from another under N.R.S. 205.270. Furthermore, a defendant can also be ordered to pay restitution to the person whose property was taken. The financial consequences for defendants could be substantial.
A Vegas defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide representation if you’ve been accused of taking property from someone’s person. We can help you to aggressively fight these serious charges, so give us a call today to talk with a compassionate and knowledgeable member of our legal team for help if you’re facing charges.