Thursday, September 11, 2014

What is Grand Larceny?

In the state of Nevada, charges for larceny vary based upon the value of the property taken. 

Under NRS 205.220, the crime of grand larceny is defined as purposefully stealing, taking, carrying, leading, or driving away the property of another person valued at $650 or more, with the intention of defrauding, stealing, appropriating, or preventing identification of the property.

Examples of grand larceny include:
  • Taking a car without permission
  • Removing furniture from a hotel room
  • Withdrawing money from someone else’s bank account
  • Taking another person’s livestock  or pets
  • Taking items from a store without paying
Because the offense of larceny is categorized by the value of the property stolen, crimes such as shoplifting can be charged as either grand larceny or petit larceny. For example, if a person steals a bracelet worth $900 from a jewelry store, they will be charged with grand larceny. However, if a person steals a $50 sweater from a department store, their shoplifting offense will be charged as petit larceny.

Penalties for Grand Larceny

Grand larceny is a felony offense, but the specific charges and penalties differ based upon the value of the property stolen.  

Property Valued Between $650 - $3,500
This offense is a category C felony and carries a possible sentence of:
  • Restitution for stolen items;
  • 1-5 years in prison; and
  • Fines up to $10,000.
Property Valued Higher Than $3,500
This offense is a category B felony and carries a possible sentence of:
  • Restitution for stolen items;
  • 1-10 years in prison; and
  • Fine up to $10,000.
If you are facing these serious felony charges, get an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side right away. The seasoned Las Vegas lawyers at De Castroverde Law Group have defended clients against all types of misdemeanor and felony theft charges, and we can fight for you. Don’t wait to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable team to learn about your options!