Petit larceny is an offense that can be charged for a variety of actions, including:
It is a misconception that misdemeanor cases are not taken seriously or will result in insignificant punishments. Even shoplifting or petty theft offenses can lead to up to half a year of county jail time and/or an eye-watering fine of $1,000 – so don’t be fooled into believing these crimes aren’t held accountable!
If an offender is convicted of petit larceny, this offense will be reflected on their criminal record. Unfortunately, any type of theft-related conviction—even for the smallest of thefts—can have a significant impact when potential employers conduct a background check. Unchecked petty theft may even result in more serious charges if certain items with values less than $650 are taken; such examples include:
In Las Vegas, there are two distinct routes to be accused of petit larceny under Nevada Revised Statute § 200.240; one is if the offender deliberately steals, takes away, or drives off:
If someone deliberately steals, takes away, or lures one or more domesticated animals/birds owned by another person with an overall value below $650, they can be prosecuted for this offense. All of these acts are misdemeanors and are subject to criminal penalties. If you’re facing shoplifting charges in Nevada, contact our Las Vegas petit larceny lawyer right away.
“NRS 205.240 states that:
- Except as otherwise provided in NRS 205.220, 205.226, 205.228, 475.105 and 501.3765, a person commits petit larceny if the person:
(a) Intentionally steals, takes and carries away, leads away or drives away:
(1) Personal goods or property, with a value of less than $1,200, owned by another person;
(2) Bedding, furniture or other property, with a value of less than $1,200, which the person, as a lodger, is to use in or with his or her lodging and which is owned by another person; or
(3) Real property, with a value of less than $1,200, that the person has converted into personal property by severing it from real property owned by another person.
(b) Intentionally steals, takes and carries away, leads away, drives away or entices away one or more domesticated animals or domesticated birds, with an aggregate value of less than $1,200, owned by another person.
- Unless a greater penalty is provided pursuant to NRS 205.267, a person who commits petit larceny is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition to any other penalty, the court shall order the person to pay restitution.”