A criminal record carries with it the potential to have a lifelong impact on you, affecting where you can work, where you can live, and which school you can apply to. Even a nonviolent crime, such as theft, can tarnish your reputation and result in several penalties that could leave you with expensive fines and time in jail or prison.
According to Nevada criminal statutes, there are several detailed definitions of theft, including:
Also, the state of Nevada classifies several different criminal offenses as theft crimes, such as:
Furthermore, Nevada classifies its theft offenses according to the dollar value of the property involved in the following manner:
Shoplifting typically occurs when a person in a store slips a piece of merchandise in their pocket, bag, or under their arm. And then they try to leave the premises unnoticed.
Moreover, Nevada law defines shoplifting as intentionally stealing items from a retail establishment, which is formally referred to as larceny. The degree of larceny depends on the value of the stolen merchandise. Taking less than $1,200 worth of items is misdemeanor petty larceny and taking $1,200 or more is prosecuted as the more serious crime of felony grand larceny.
Petty larceny is a misdemeanor in Nevada. It carries a maximum of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines plus restitution. However, judges rarely impose jail for a first-time offense.
Grand larceny is a felony, and it carries a maximum of 20 years in Nevada State Prison and $15,000 in fines plus restitution. But it may be possible to get the charge reduced or dismissed with the help of a Neahusan Law attorney.
Four of the most common defenses to fight shoplifting charges include:
Shoplifting convictions are sealable after a predetermined period. And if the case gets dismissed, there is no waiting period to petition for a seal. Therefore, if you have been arrested on charges of shoplifting or larceny, retaining a Neahusan Law attorney dedicated to your defense is an important step to take.
Shoplifting may seem like a minor offense, but it can have lasting and harmful effects on your future. Don’t risk leaving your case to an inexperienced lawyer. Neahusan Law has plenty of years of experience in criminal defense, handling a wide range of larceny cases. At Neahusan Law, our goal is to have the charges against you reduced or the case dismissed entirely.
A shoplifting conviction may result in serious consequences, regardless of the value of the allegedly stolen merchandise. In many cases, however, the circumstances surrounding accusations of shoplifting involve details that may lead to dismissing or reducing the charges. Neahusan Law has experience identifying these facts and presenting them favorably to a judge or jury.
Neahusan Law attorneys will fight your legal battles and handle your case with the attention it deserves. Contact Neahusan Law today at 775-420-5142 or on the contact form on our website. We are your legal lifeline in Reno, Sparks, Fallon, Carson City, Fernley, and the surrounding communities of Nevada.
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