In the state of Nevada, there are different types of theft crimes for which defendants can face charges. In fact, there is an entire theft subcategory of Chapter 205, which is the part of Nevada’s penal code that details property crimes and the penalties associated with property-related offenses.
Within the theft subcategory, defendants can face different kinds of penalties depending upon the type of goods stolen and depending upon the value of the goods that have been stolen. For example, a defendant could be charged specifically with the crime of taking scrap metal or utility property.
If you have been accused of any property crime, including a criminal offense in connection with the theft of scrap metal or utility property, you should reach out to a Vegas defense lawyer familiar with property crimes. LV Criminal Defense is here to help, so give us a call today for advice.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Nevada addresses the crime of the theft of scrap metal in Nevada Revised Statute section 205.267. According to the relevant law, if you intentionally steal or carry away scrap metal that is valued at less than $250, you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor offense. When determining the value of stolen scrap metal, the aggregate value of all metal stolen over a 90 day period of time is considered.
If you intentionally steal or carry away scrap metal with an aggregate value of $250 to $2,500 over a 90 day period of time, you can be charged with a category C felony offense. A felony is more serious offense with harsher penalties than a misdemeanor crime, and the felony on your record can impact your future.
If you intentionally carry away or steal scrap metal valued at more than $2,500 over a 90 day period, you can be charged with a category B felony. Under N.R.S. 205.267, the penalty for this category B felony offense is a minimum of one year imprisonment, a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000.
You may also be required to pay restitution for the metal stolen. Further, if you damage any property in the theft of the scrap metal, the value of damaged property is added to the value of the metal in determining penalties faced. Because you can be required to pay restitution in addition to the fines and other consequences associated with theft of scrap metal or utility property, the financial consequences associated with a conviction could be substantial.
Criminal defense attorneys in Vegas can help you to respond to accusations of wrongdoing if you have been accused of theft of scrap metal or utility property. Because you could face felony charges and potentially a minimum prison term of one year, you need to be proactive in responding to serious accusations.
You may be able to challenge the value of the metal you allegedly stole to try to reduce charges and penalties, or could try other tactics for responding to charges aimed at negotiating a favorable plea deal or fighting for acquittal. You’ll need to consider the nature of the evidence against you and your available options for defenses as you decide which course of action is right for you. Getting legal advice can help you to make the best choices regarding the approach you take for responding to charges.
LV Criminal Defense has successfully provided representation to many clients accused of this offense or related criminal conduct made illegal under the theft subsection of Chapter 205. To find out more about how we can put our legal experience to work to help you, give us a call today.