Possession of Stolen Vehicle in Las Vegas, Nevada is a Felony offense. This offense, although related, is wholly separate from Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. To be charged with Possession of Stolen Vehicle there is no requirement of committing the actual theft, possession of the stolen vehicle alone is the crime. Possession of Stolen Vehicle is defined under Nevada Revised Statute “NRS” 205.273 as, a person possessing a vehicle, “with the intent to procure or pass title to a motor vehicle which the person knows or has reason to believe has been stolen, receives or transfers possession of the vehicle from or to another person; or has in his or her possession a motor vehicle which the person knows or has reason to believe has been stolen.”
In order to be convicted of said offense, the prosecutor must prove you knew the vehicle was stolen, or you received the vehicle under such circumstances that a reasonable person should have known it was stolen. For example, if Marlo purchased a 2013 Cadillac Escalade with only 5,000 miles in good working condition from a stranger he met off of Craigslist for $9.000 with no proof of title, one could argue that Marlo should have reasonably known the vehicle was stolen because the value of the vehicle is much greater than the selling price, in addition to the fact that the seller did not provide proof of title. If the value of the stolen vehicle is less than $3,500, you will face 1-5 years of prison, a fine of up to $10,000 and pay restitution to the victim. If the value of the stolen vehicle is $3,500 or more, you will 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 vehicle case and work towards a dismissal or reduction to a lesser non theft related offense and help you avoid prison.