Nevada criminal statutes provide a detailed definition of theft that encompasses a number of specific actions. These laws state that a person commits theft by:
Nevada laws also include a detailed definition of grand larceny, which is another specific type of theft. Not all examples of grand larceny can be covered here, but here are a few:
Like many other states, Nevada classifies its theft offenses according to the dollar value of the property involved in the offense. Let’s take a closer look at the different levels of theft in Nevada.
Theft is considered a misdemeanor in Nevada if the value of the goods or services stolen is less than $250. (Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 205.0835.) A number of other specific theft offenses can qualify as misdemeanor theft in Nevada. They’re too numerous to list here, so check the statute for details: Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 205 - Crimes Against Property.
Petit larceny, also known as petty theft, is a misdemeanor under Nevada law. A person convicted of a misdemeanor faces imprisonment in the county jail for no more than six months, a fine of not more than $1,000, community services, or a combination of these punishment options. ( § 193.150.)
Theft is considered a category C felony in Nevada if the value of the property or services stolen is more than $250 but less than $2,500. (Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 205.0835.)
Grand larceny of a motor vehicle is also a category C felony (regardless of the dollar value of the vehicle). ( § 205.228.)
For a category C felony in Nevada, the offender may be sentenced to imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum of one year to a maximum of five years, and the court may impose a fine of not more than $10,000. ( § 193.130(2)(c).)
Theft is considered a category B felony in Nevada If the value of the property or services stolen is $2,500 or more. (Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 205.0835.)
A person will also be charged with a category B felony for participating in an organized retail theft ring ( § 205.08345, § 205.222).
Grand larceny of a firearm is also a category B felony under Nevada law. ( § 205.226.)
For a category B felony in Nevada, the offender may be sentenced to imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum of one year to a maximum of 10 years, and by a fine of not more than $10,000. ( § 205.0835(4).)
For all levels of theft offenses discussed above, Nevada laws authorize courts to order the offender to pay restitution to the theft victim. (Nev. Rev. Stat. § 205.0835(5).)
In addition to criminal penalties, a person who commits shoplifting in Nevada (or the parent or legal guardian of a minor who commits shoplifting) may be civilly liable to the store owner for: