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Grand Larceny

Larceny is a crime that comes to mind when people think of offenses such as burglary and robbery. Larceny, however, is the term that applies to any actual theft crime while burglary involves the entrance into a premises to commit larceny. Robbery is theft from the victim by use of physical force.

While stolen items of lesser value usually result in misdemeanor petit larceny charges, theft of property valued at $650 or more can lead to an alleged offender being arrested for the felony offense of grand larceny. In addition to possible imprisonment and fines, people convicted of grand larceny also suffer long-term consequences relating to employment because of felony theft convictions in their criminal records.

Lawyer for Grand Larceny Arrests in Las Vegas, NV

If you were arrested or believe you could be under investigation for a grand larceny offense in Nevada, you should immediately seek legal representation before speaking to authorities. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger defends clients accused of theft crimes in the greater Las Vegas area, including Henderson, North Las Vegas, and surrounding communities of Clark County.

Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jaeger is the co-author of Westlaw's Courtroom Handbook of Nevada Evidence, a book used by judges and lawyers throughout Nevada as a comprehensive guide on the rules of evidence in criminal cases. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your own case as soon as you call (702) 816-3888 to set up a free initial consultation.


Overview of Grand Larceny Charges in Clark County


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Grand Larceny Charges in Nevada

Nevada Revised Statute § 205.220 sets out the crime of grand larceny. People can be charged with this crime if they use a card or other device for automatically withdrawing or transferring money in a financial institution to obtain intentionally money to which they know they are not entitled.

It is also grand larceny if an offender intentionally steals, takes and carries away, leads away, or drives away any of the following:

  • Personal goods or property, with a value of $650 or more, owned by another person;
  • Bedding, furniture or other property, with a value of $650 or more, which the person, as a lodger, is to use in or with his or her lodging and which is owned by another person; or
  • Real property, with a value of $650 or more, that the person has converted into personal property by severing it from real property owned by another person.

The statute also establishes specific grand larceny crimes relating to livestock and other animals. Offenders may be charged with this crime if they intentionally steal, take and carry away, lead away, drive away, or entices away one or more head of livestock owned by another person or one or more domesticated animals or domesticated birds—with an aggregate value of $650 or more—owned by another person.

It is also grand larceny if an offender, with the intent to defraud, steal, appropriate, or prevent identification, does any of the following:

  • Marks or brands, causes to be marked or branded, alters or defaces a mark or brand, or causes to be altered or defaced a mark or brand upon one or more head of livestock owned by another person;
  • Sells or purchases the hide or carcass of one or more head of livestock owned by another person that has had a mark or brand cut out or obliterated;
  • Kills one or more head of livestock owned by another person but running at large, whether or not the livestock is marked or branded; or
  • Kills one or more domesticated animals or domesticated birds, with an aggregate value of $650 or more, owned by another person but running at large, whether or not the animals or birds are marked or branded.

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Las Vegas Penalties for Grand Larceny

In most cases, the classification of a grand larceny offense depends on the value of the property involved in the crime. Under Nevada Revised Statute § 205.222, an offender may be ordered to pay restitution and is subject to either of the following sentences:

  • If the value of the property involved is less than $3,500, grand larceny is a category C felony punishable by one to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000; or
  • If the value of the property involved is $3,500 or more, grand larceny is a category B felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Certain types of property are also subject to different penalties. Grand larceny of motor vehicle under Nevada Revised Statute § 205.228 is essentially subject to the same penalties as listed above.

Nevada Revised Statute § 205.226 also makes it a category B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 if an offender steals, takes and carries away a firearm owned by another person.


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Nevada Grand Larceny Resources

2014 Crime In Nevada | Nevada Department of Public Safety — The General Services Division’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program produces this annual report that summarizes crime statistics throughout the Silver State. You can learn more about how criminal offenses are classified as well as how many were committed and how many were cleared. In the section comparing the number of crimes committed between 2011 and 2014, you will notice that larceny consistently accounts for a majority (nearly half) of total crimes committed in the state.

Crime Map | Las Vegas — CrimeMapping.com allows law enforcement agencies to provide the public with information about recent crime activity in local neighborhoods. You can customize the types of crimes you view on this map, including theft/larceny, motor vehicle theft, burglary, and robbery offenses. You can sign up to receive notifications about certain types of crime that occur within a certain distance around a specified location.


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Find a Lawyer for Grand Larceny Defense in Las Vegas, Nevada

Do you think that you might be under investigation or have you been arrested for committing grand larceny in Nevada? The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can fight to have your criminal charges for theft crimes reduced or dismissed.

Jeffrey Jaeger is a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who defends clients in several areas of Clark County. Call (702) 816-3888 or fill out an online contact form right now to receive a free, confidential consultation so that he can review your case.


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