Being charged and convicted of petty theft in Las Vegas normally has misdemeanor offenses; however, the social effects of this crime would look bad on your criminal records which would hinder you get future employment. Getting a top criminal defense attorney can help reduce charges or even get the case dismissed entirely so your criminal records remain unblemished.
Nevada Revised Statute Section 205.240: Petit Larceny or Petty TheftThis law defines petit larceny or petty theft when someone intentionally steals another person’s money, valuable, and property valued at less than $250. Most of these cases are:
- Taking someone’s pets
- Stealing from a hotel room where the suspect was lodged.
Defenses for Petty TheftA good defense attorney can use different arguments when fighting petit theft charges. The most common defenses are:
- Alleged stolen property belongs to you.
Taking what is rightfully yours is not stealing and you should not be charged nor even convicted of a crime you did not commit.
- The lack of intent.
Proving the intention of petit larceny is a crime. There are instances where shoppers forget to pay for the merchandise they bought. In this situation, you should not be convicted of petty theft because of the lack of intent.
- There was no taking involved.
The legal definition of petty theft involves “taking of the property”, in this scenario, when the item has been given or legally purchased it, the charges should be dismissed.
Penalties for Petty TheftThe petty theft charges in Las Vegas are considered as a misdemeanor offense and have the following punishments:
- Up to 6 months imprisonment
- Fines up to $1,000
- Restitution of the items or property allegedly stolen