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                              POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

NEVADA REVISED STATUTES (NRS) 205.275
Did you know that if you are in possession of stolen property, you can be charged with the crime of possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada?  Possession of stolen property is either a misdemeanor or a felony crime in Las Vegas, and if you were to be charged with this crime, you are being charged with a serious crime carrying serious penalties.  If you are charged with this crime, you need legal representation immediately, and you should think about hiring a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling possession of stolen property cases. 

Las Vegas lawyer Paul J. Adras, Esq., and Las Vegas lawyer Steven M. Altig, Esq. have over 27 years of combined legal experience in representing clients charged with offenses such as possession of stolen property in southern Nevada.  They know the law.  They can represent you if you have been charged with the crime of possession of stolen property.

If you are convicted of a felony, it can be very difficult to find work.  Many employers do not want to hire people convicted of felonies.  The information below will help you understand the consequences of being charged with/convicted of possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada.


What is the definition of possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada?

In Las Vegas and in Nevada, possession of stolen property is defined in NRS205.275: "a person commits 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: (a) Knowing that it is stolen property; or (b) Under such circumstances as should have caused a reasonable person to know that it is stolen property."


What are my rights in Las Vegas and in Nevada if I am accused of possession of stolen property?

If you are accused of possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada, you have the following important constitutional rights:
  • You have the right to a speedy and public trial;
  • The prosecutor must prove the charge(s) against you beyond a reasonable doubt;
  • You have the right to confront and cross examine all witnesses against you at the time of trial;
  • You have the right to subpoena witnesses to testify on your behalf, and to compel their attendance at the trial;
  • You have the right to remain silent, and to not be compelled to testify at the trial; and The right to appeal a conviction for the offense following a trial (except on constitutional or jurisdictional grounds).
  • You should immediately consult with and hire a Las Vegas lawyer, who can explain these valuable rights to you in detail, if you are accused of possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada.


Possession of stolen property trial?

In order to make the right decision regarding your possession of stolen property case, you need to understand the facts and legal issues involved.  Mr. Adras and Mr. Altig will guide you through this difficult and challenging process.  They will give you a full explanation of your rights.  They will explain the legal and factual issues involved in your case.

Mr. Adras and Mr. Altig also explain the potential risks involved in proceeding to a possession of stolen property trial, and make recommendations to you.  It is only when you have all of the information that you are able to make the best possible decision.  The final decision regarding going to trial is always yours.


What happens if I plea bargain my possession of stolen property case?

You will discuss your case with experienced Las Vegas possession of stolen property defense lawyers before entering a guilty plea.  If you plead guilty to possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada, you are admitting your guilt for committing a serious crime.  Also, if you are not a citizen of the United States at the time of the conviction, you might (in addition to other possible consequences) be removed from the United States, deported or excluded from entry into the United States, or you may be denied naturalization.  A seasoned Las Vegas and Nevada possession of stolen property criminal defense attorney will inform you of your rights if you are not a United States citizen and you are charged with possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada.

Sentencing after conviction for possession of stolen property is entirely up to the judge, regardless of the negotiations you entered into with the prosecutor.  An experienced Las Vegas and Nevada criminal defense lawyer will fully explain the sentencing procedure to you, and can properly prepare you for the sentencing phase of your case if you decide to plead guilty to possession of stolen property, or if you are found guilty of possession of stolen property following a jury trial.


What happens if I am convicted of possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada?

If you commit the crime of possession of stolen property in Las Vegas and in Nevada:

1.  If the value of the property is less than $650.00, you are guilty of a misdemeanor;

2.  If the value of the property is between $650.00 and $3,500.00, you are guilty of a category C felony, you are at risk of a prison sentence between 1 and 5 years in prison, and by a fine of up to $10,000.00;

3.  If the value of the property is $3,500.00 or more, or if the property is a firearm, you are guilty of a category B felony, you are at risk of a prison sentence between 1 and 10 years in prison, and by a fine of up to $10,000.00.

4.  Finally, in addition to the above penalties, the court will order you to pay restitution if restitution is required.


If you are charged with possession of stolen property in Las Vegas or anywhere in Nevada, it is critical that you contact experienced criminal law lawyers in Las Vegas and in Nevada.  As experienced Las Vegas criminal law lawyers, we have what you need in order to fight for your freedom.  Don't delay in contacting Las Vegas criminal law lawyer Paul J. Adras, Esq. and Las Vegas criminal law lawyer Steven M. Altig, Esq. if you are charged with this offense in Nevada.  We will advise you regarding the steps you can take right now to protect your rights and your freedom.

If you need a Las Vegas criminal law lawyer then call us today.  Paul J. Adras, Esq. is an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer.  Steven M. Altig, Esq. is also an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer.  Adras & Altig are Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, North Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, Henderson criminal defense lawyers, Boulder City criminal defense lawyers, Moapa Valley criminal defense lawyers, Goodsprings criminal defense lawyers, Searchlight criminal defense lawyers, Laughlin criminal defense lawyers, Pahrump criminal defense lawyers, Tonopah criminal defense lawyers, and criminal defense lawyers in many other cities in Southern and Northern Nevada.  If you've been charged with any crime then you need to get experienced and aggressive legal representation.  You need to hire Adras & Altig, Attorneys at Law.

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