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Nevada Shoplifting Laws | Defense Lawyers

In Nevada, shoplifting might seem like a minor offense, but the repercussions can be more severe than many realize. Nevada shoplifting laws define the criteria, consequences, and potential defenses associated with such charges. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, understanding these laws is essential to ensure you know your rights and the potential implications of any alleged infractions.

Petit Larceny vs. Grand Larceny

Nevada classifies shoplifting into two categories based on the value of the stolen items:

  • Petit Larceny: Items valued at $650 or less. Typically charged as a misdemeanor, it can result in fines or short jail time.
  • Grand Larceny: Items valued at more than $650. This is a felony, with penalties varying based on the item’s value, and can lead to significant fines and prison time.

Defending Against Shoplifting Charges

Facing a shoplifting charge? You have defense options:

  • Lack of Intent: Perhaps it was a genuine mistake?
  • Mistaken Identity: Were you wrongfully accused?
  • Ownership Claims: Did you believe the item was yours?


Each case is unique. Ensuring you have the right legal strategy is essential.

Why Legal Representation Matters

Shoplifting charges can be complex, and the consequences can impact your future. Having the right defense team can make a difference. At The Rosenblum Allen Law Firm, we’re here to guide you through every step, ensuring your rights are protected and providing the best defense possible.

Frequently Added Questions

Shoplifting in Nevada typically falls into two categories:

  • Petit Larceny: Stealing items valued at $650 or less.
  • Grand Larceny: Stealing items valued at more than $650. 

Actions like concealing merchandise without leaving the store or altering price tags can also be considered shoplifting.

Penalties vary based on the value of stolen items:

  • Petit Larceny: Potential fines up to $1,000 and/or jail time up to 6 months.
  • Grand Larceny: Penalties range from 1 to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000, depending on the value of the stolen items.

We offer experienced and personalized defense strategies, prioritizing your rights and interests. From challenging evidence to presenting compelling narratives, we work diligently to reduce or dismiss charges.

Yes, a lack of intent is a common defense in shoplifting cases. If you genuinely forgot to pay or mistakenly carried out an item, this can be presented as part of your defense strategy.

While this is an option, it's essential to understand the full implications of a guilty plea, including potential criminal records. Before making any decisions, consult with an attorney to understand the best course of action for your situation.

Even if the stolen item's value is low, it can still result in penalties and a mark on your criminal record. A strong defense can help reduce consequences and protect your reputation.

Yes. A citation is still a legal charge. Having legal representation ensures you understand the process, your rights, and the potential outcomes, and can also lead to more favorable results.

Immediately. The sooner you secure legal representation, the better your chances of building a strong defense and navigating the legal process effectively.

We specialize in a wide range of criminal defense areas, from felonies and drug possession to juvenile charges and traffic tickets. Explore our website for a comprehensive list of our services.

Simply give us a call at (702) 433-2889 for a consultation. We're here to guide, support, and defend you every step of the way.

Glossary of Legal Terms

1. Acquittal: A legal judgment that declares the defendant not guilty of the charges against them.

2. Arraignment: A court proceeding in which a defendant is formally charged with a crime and asked to respond by pleading guilty, not guilty, or no contest.

3. Bail: Money or property given to the court to ensure a defendant returns for trial.

4. Citation: An official summons or notice given to a person, often referring to minor offenses that do not require immediate arrest.

5. Defendant: The person against whom a lawsuit or criminal charge is filed.

6. Felony: A serious crime, often involving violence, punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.

7. Grand Larceny: The theft of property or goods valued above a certain amount, considered a more severe crime than petit larceny.

8. Misdemeanor: A lesser offense than a felony, punishable by fine or imprisonment for less than one year.

9. Petit Larceny: Property theft or goods below a specific value is considered less severe than grand larceny.

10. Plea: A defendant’s formal answer in court to the charges brought against them, such as guilty, not guilty, or no contest.

11. Probation: A period of supervised living in place of prison, during which an offender must comply with specific conditions set by the court.

12. Restitution: The defendant must pay the victim for harm caused by their actions.

13. Warrant: A written order issued by a judicial officer or other authorized person commanding a law enforcement officer to perform a specific act, typically involving the arrest of a person.

Further Reading

For those facing the daunting challenges of criminal charges, our lead attorney, Molly Rosenblum, Esq., has developed a comprehensive set of resources to guide and support you through these difficult times. With a focus on various aspects of criminal defense, these resources provide in-depth information and insights, ensuring you have access to the knowledge needed to navigate your legal journey. Below are the valuable resources created by Molly Rosenblum, Esq.:

  1. Theft Crime Defense Lawyer: Specialized guidance for defending against theft-related charges. Discover more.

  2. White Collar Crime: In-depth information on navigating the complexities of white-collar criminal charges. Learn more.

  3. Racketeering Charges: Expert insights into the legal intricacies of facing racketeering charges. Explore here.

  4. Fraud Charges: A comprehensive guide to understanding and combating fraud charges. Read more.

  5. Embezzlement Charges: Key information and strategies for dealing with embezzlement allegations. Find out more.

  6. Identity Theft Charges: Guidance on the specific challenges and defenses related to identity theft charges. Get informed.

  7. Larceny Charges: Insights into the nature of larceny charges and how to approach them legally. Learn strategies.

  8. Credit Card Fraud Charges: Detailed information about credit card fraud allegations and legal responses. Explore your options.

  9. Burglary Charges: Expert advice on handling burglary charges and understanding their implications. Read more.

  10. Robbery Charges: Guidance on the legal nuances of robbery charges and how to defend against them. Discover more.

  11. Grand Theft Charges: Critical information for those facing grand theft allegations and seeking legal recourse. Learn the law.

Molly Rosenblum, Esq. is dedicated to providing comprehensive and easily accessible information to help you during challenging times. Each resource is just a click away, offering detailed knowledge to empower you to face your legal challenges with confidence and clarity.

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Why Trust The Rosenblum Allen Law Firm with Your Shoplifting Defense?

In the complex maze of Nevada’s legal system, facing a shoplifting charge can feel overwhelming and intimidating. But you’re not just a case number; you’re an individual with rights, concerns, and a future ahead.

Experience Matters: With our firm’s vast experience in Nevada’s shoplifting laws, we deeply understand every nuance, ensuring no stone is left unturned in your defense.

Dedicated Advocacy: Our team doesn’t just defend; we advocate. We believe in telling your story, presenting compelling evidence, and challenging every aspect of the charge against you.

Personalized Approach: We know that every case is unique. We take the time to understand your specific situation, tailor our approach accordingly, and guide you every step of the way.

Proven Results: Our track record in defending shoplifting and other criminal charges speaks for itself. We are proud of our legacy of reduced sentences, dismissed charges, and satisfied clients.

Don’t let a shoplifting charge determine your future. Trust in a team that fights tirelessly for your rights understands the intricacies of Nevada law, and prioritizes your best interests above all else.

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Call us now at (702) 433-2889 and take the first step towards a brighter future.