Possession of Stolen Property in Las Vegas, Nevada ranges from a Misdemeanor to a Felony offense, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. This offense, although related, is wholly separate from Petty Larceny or Grand Larceny. To be charged with Possession of Stolen Property there is no requirement of committing the actual theft, possession of the stolen property alone is the crime. Possession of Stolen Property is defined under Nevada Revised Statute “NRS” 205.275 as “an offense involving stolen property if the person, for his or her own gain or to prevent the owner from again possessing the owner’s property, buys, receives, possesses or withholds property. Under Section 5 of this statute, you are presumed to be in violation of the law if you are found to possess three of more of the same items, with the serial numbers, removed, altered or defaced.
In order to be convicted of said offense, the prosecutor must prove you knew the property was stolen, or you received the property under such circumstances that a reasonable person should have known it was stolen. For example, if Armand purchased an authentic Rolex from a stranger he met at the Casino for $100, one could argue that Armand should have reasonably known the Rolex was stolen because the value of an authentic Rolex watch is much greater than $100. If the value of the stolen property is less than $650, you will be charged with a misdemeanor, and face up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 and pay restitution to the victim. If the value of the stolen property is $650 or more but less than $3,500, you will be charged with a felony, and face 1-5 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and pay restitution to the victim. Lastly, if the value of the stolen property is $3,500 or more or if the property is a firearm, you will be charged with a felony and face 1-10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and pay restitution to the victim.
Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Troiano is experienced in defending his clients for a variety of theft related charges ranging from petty larceny, to high value embezzlement cases. He will discuss all possible defenses on your possession of stolen property case and work towards a dismissal or reduction to a lesser non theft related offense and help you avoid prison.