To some people, Las Vegas has the image of being a carefree tourist destination where laws are loosely applied in only the most serious cases. This line of thinking can lead visitors to believe that criminal theft charges are only filed when something of considerable value has been allegedly taken.
However, many alleged offenders are often charged with petit larceny after shoplifting or removing or stealing items that may not have seemed to be of significant value, but were still the property of another party. It is important to understand that this is a misdemeanor offense that can actually have major consequences later on if a person is convicted of this crime.
Have you been arrested or are you currently under investigation for allegedly committing petty theft in Nevada? Make sure you have legal representation before making any kind of statement to police.
Clark County petit larceny attorney Jeffrey Jaeger provides aggressive legal defense for clients facing these types of charges in and around the Las Vegas area. You can have The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger review your case by calling (702) 816-3888 right now to schedule of a free initial consultation.
There are a couple of ways that a person might be charged with petit larceny in Las Vegas. Under Nevada Revised Statute § 200.240, an alleged offender commits this crime if he or she intentionally steals, takes and carries away, leads away or drives away:
A person can also be charged with this offense for intentionally stealing, taking and carrying away, leading away, driving away, or enticing away one or more domesticated animals or domesticated birds owned by another person that have an aggregate value of less than $650. These crimes are all classified as misdemeanor offenses.
It is a mistake to think that misdemeanor cases are not taken seriously by prosecutors or will not result in substantial punishments. Shoplifting or petty theft offenses are punishable by up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
This is not to mention that a conviction for petit larceny will also appear on the criminal record of the alleged offender. Any type of theft-related conviction—even for petty theft—could have unfortunate consequences when a prospective employer performs a basic background check.
Additionally, theft of certain kinds of items valued at less than $650 may result in more serious criminal charges. Examples include:
These types of cases can frequently be the result of basic misunderstandings. Oftentimes, there may be a dispute concerning the ownership of the property in question.
In every case, a knowledgeable lawyer can make an enormous difference in identify the unique circumstances in a case that can help get these types of charges dismissed. A few examples of some defenses an attorney may be able to utilize include, but are not limited to:
If you are under investigation or have been arrested for alleged petty theft or shoplifting in Nevada, it is in your best interest to contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger as soon as possible. Jeffrey Jaeger can develop a formidably legal defense against these charges, as he is the co-author of Westlaw’s Courtroom Handbook on Nevada Evidence and has an in-depth knowledge of evidentiary procedures.
Las Vegas petit larceny attorney Jeffrey Jaeger represents clients in Henderson and North Las Vegas as well people arrested on the Vegas Strip. You can receive a free, confidential consultation that will allow our firm to evaluate your case as soon as you call (702) 816-3888 today.
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