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Theft and Property Crimes

Nevada has several laws that protect property from being damaged, destroyed, and defaced. Anytime a person is accused of doing any of those things to another person's property, or sometimes even property he or she owns, it could result in criminal charges.

Additionally, a person could face charges for stealing, taking, or controlling the property of another without his or her permission. This is referred to as a theft charge. No matter the accusation, a theft or property crime offense could carry serious penalties, including jail or prison time, fines, and possibly restitution. A skilled property crime attorney can help you challenge the charges.

Las Vegas Theft Attorney

If you have been charged with a theft or property offense, begin building a strong defense in your case today. Contact Las Vegas property crime lawyer Jeffrey Jaeger for skilled and dedicated legal counsel. Jeffrey is passionate about advocating on behalf of those facing criminal charges, and he can help you fight for a favorable outcome in your case.

Call The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger at (702) 816-3888 to schedule a free initial consultation. Jeffrey can discuss your options with you and provide knowledgeable legal guidance. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger represents clients throughout Clark County, including those in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson.


Information on Crimes Involving Property


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What is Considered Theft in Nevada?

According to Nevada Revised Statute 205.0832, a person could be charged with theft if he or she knowingly:

  • Controls any property of another person with the intent to deprive the person of the property  
  • Converts or makes an unauthorized transfer from one person to another
  • Obtains property or the services of another by a misrepresentation with the intent to deprive the person of the property or services
  • Comes in control of lost or mislaid property and makes no attempt to contact the   owner
  • Obtains services without compensation or agreeing to pay compensation
  • Destroys or disposes of property in which there is a security interest with the intent to defraud
  • Commits an act declared to be theft by another statute
  • Presents a check for services or goods knowing it will not be paid when presented
  • Obtains gasoline or fuel without paying compensation

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Larceny Charges in Clark County

Larceny is a theft offense that occurs when a person takes, steals, carries away, drives away, or leads away the property of another person. The crime can be divided into two separates categories based on the value of the property: grand larceny or petite larceny.

According to Nevada Revised Statute 205.220, a person could be charged with grand larceny if he or she steals or takes another person's personal goods or property valued at $650 or more. This also could apply if he or she takes bedding, furniture, or other property valued at $650 or more when he or she is a lodger.

A grand larceny charge would also apply if a person intentionally steals, takes, or carries away a firearm owned by another person, according to Nevada Revised Statute 205.226. This offense is a Category B felony.

A person who intentionally steals, takes, or carries away a motor vehicle owned by another could be charged with grand larceny. This offense, also called grand theft auto, is a Category C felony charge,   unless the value of the vehicle is proved to be more than $3,500. The charges then could be upgraded to a Category B felony.

Petite larceny is the stealing or taking of another person's goods or property valued at less than $650. A person who commits petite larceny could face misdemeanor charges. This would apply in shoplifting charges where the value is less than $650.


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Penalties for Theft and Larceny

The penalties for a theft offense are determined by the amount or value of goods involved in the crime. The amount involved in a theft offense would be deemed the highest value, by any reasonable standard, according to Nevada Revised Statute 205.0834.

If the value of the property or services is less than $650, the offense is a misdemeanor, according to Nevada Revised Statute 205.0835. This could mean up to six months in jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both.

If the value of the property or services is more than $650 but less than $3,500, the offense is a Category C felony. This could be punishable by between one to five years in prison, a fine up to $10,000, or both.

The offense is a Category B felony if the value of the property or goods is determined   to be more than $3,500. This could punishable by between one to 10 years in a state prison, a fine up to $10,000, or both. The court could order the person to pay restitution.


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Property Crimes in Nevada

Property crimes in Nevada are offenses that involve some sort of damage to property, an attempt to damage property, or an intrusion of property. Nevada law outlines several offenses that area property crime, including:

Burglary — A person who enters a home, room, apartment, shop, warehouse, or any other building either at day or night with the intent to commit grand or petite larceny, assault, battery, or any other felony could be charged with burglary, according to Nevada Revised Statute 205.060. This is    punishable as a Category B felony.

Unlawful trespass —If a person goes on to the land or into any building of another with intent to vex or annoy the owner or occupant, he or she could be charged with unlawful trespassing, according to Nevada Revised Statute 207.200. This could apply if the person remains on the property after being warned or asked to leave. This is a misdemeanor offense.

Arson —Setting fire or attempting to set fire to any building, structure, or property, if it is done willfully and maliciously, could be considered arson. The degree of the charge depends on the type of building or structure burned, whether it was occupied at the time or the offense, if the fire was done with the intent to defraud an insurer, and other factors. Arson is a Category D felony or a Category B felony. 


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Malicious Mischief

Chapter 206 of Nevada Revised Statutes explains several acts and offenses that could be malicious mischief. These could some sort of damage, destruction, or removal to property. Some offenses include:

  • Destruction or damage of property by unlawful assembly
  • Entering property with intent to damage or destroy property
  • Killing, maiming, disfiguring, or poisoning the animal or livestock of another
  • Removal or destruction of monuments or landmarks designating boundaries
  • Defacing proclamations and notices
  • Tampering with papers
  • Injury to other property

Placing graffiti on or defacing public or private property without permission of the owner is illegal under Nevada Revised Statute 206.330. If the value of the loss is less than $250, the offense is a misdemeanor. If the value is between $250 and $5,000, it is a gross misdemeanor. If the loss is valued at $5,000 or more, the offense is a Category E felony.


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Resources for Theft and Property Offenses

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: The LVMPD's Auto Theft Detail investigates airplane, boat, moped, motorcycle, and trailer thefts; embezzled vehicles; grand larceny and safekeeping of vehicles; and taking vehicle without owner's consent reports. The unit handles about 1,400 cases per month.

Financial/Property Crimes Bureau: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Property Crimes Detail is divided into two squads, East and West. Both handle residential burglaries, auto burglaries, commercial burglaries, possession of stolen property, home invasion, larcenies, and retail and construction site thefts.

Graffiti Investigations Section: The LVMPD Graffiti Investigations Section maintains fulltime graffiti investigations detectives who have special skills and experience in identifying and arresting graffiti vandals. Graffiti is the most costly property crime in Southern Nevada.


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Finding A Property Crime Lawyer in Clark County

Facing charges for a theft or property offense can be intimidating. No matter the situation, Las Vegas theft attorney Jeffrey Jaeger can help you challenge any evidence against you and work for a favorable outcome in your case. Call (702) 816-3888 to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about your options.