Theft may be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts and circumstances of the crime. A “theft” occurs if a person knowingly takes the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of his or her property. A “theft” also occurs if a person misappropriates or does not compensate another person for intangible property or services. Theft does not involve the use of force or violence to obtain the property or services, but may include the following actions: (1) controlling the property of another person with the intent to deprive that person of the property; (2) making an unauthorized transfer of property if the offender was entrusted with the property; (3) obtaining property or services through fraud or misrepresentation with no intent to pay for the property or services; (4) receiving property by mistake and failing to make reasonable efforts to notify the true owner of the property or by keeping the property knowing that it was intended for another person; (5) possessing the property of another person that the offender knew or had reason to know was stolen; (6) destroying or concealing another person’s property; or (7) writing a bad check if the offender knew that there were insufficient funds to pay for the property or services.

A misdemeanor or felony conviction for theft may result in consequences for some jobs, such as the revocation of some professional licenses. A conviction may also result in deportation or removal if the person is not a United States citizen. It is important to hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to navigate these consequences and find weaknesses in prosecuting attorney's case. An experienced criminal defense attorney may also discover witnesses or evidence that the police missed. VASEK LAW can help you.

PENALTIES

If the Value of the Property is Less Than $650, the person may be charged with a Misdemeanor and punished by up to six (6) months in jail and a fine not to exceed $1,000. If convicted, the court may order the person to pay restitution. (NRS 193.130, NRS 205.0835)

If the Value of the Property is Greater Than $650 but Less Than $3,500, the person may be charged with a Category C felony and punished by up to one (1) to five (5) years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. If convicted, the court may order the person to pay restitution. (NRS 193.130, NRS 205.0835)

If the Value of the Property is Greater Than $3,500, the person may be charged with a Category B felony and punished by one (1) to ten (10) years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. If convicted, the court may order the person to pay restitution. (NRS 205.0835)

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