Shoplifting Charges in Las Vegas, Nevada

Understanding Shoplifting Charges

Shoplifting Charges in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If you have been arrested for a shoplifting in Las Vegas, you need to hire a lawyer who has experience with these types of cases. We invite you to call us at 702-432-1000 to discuss your situation. The lawyers at Heshmati & Associates routinely help clients who have been caught stealing or charged with a theft crime.

What is a Shoplifting Charge?

Shoplifting in Nevada (also known as petty theft, petty larceny, petit larceny or retail theft) is the stealing of property valued under $650.00.

Shoplifting charges or petty theft charges usually come from the shopkeeper themselves. Here is a list of the kinds of businesses that file theft charges often:

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Grocery stores
  • Boutique stores
  • Clothing and apparel stores
  • Hotels and casinos

Although a shoplifting charge is only a misdemeanor in Nevada, the consequences of a shoplifting conviction can haunt a defendant for years to come.

How Much Does a Lawyer Cost for a Shoplifting Case?

Each client's case is different. Call us at 702-432-1000 and we will quote you the price on a phone.

Our fees are reasonable.

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Shoplifting Ticket in Las Vegas: What to Expect?

If you received a ticket for shoplifting, you can expect to two or more court appearances, including an arraignment and sometimes even a trial. It is recommended that you hire a lawyer to help you defend the charge.

Penalty for a Shoplifting Charge

Under Nevada law, petty theft or shoplifting is a misdemeanor.

Shoplifting Charge Penalty

Category Penalty
Misdemeanor Up to 6 months of jail or a $1,000.00 fine, as well as restitution for any damaged or unreturned property.

Although the consequences are serious, a good shoplifting lawyer can negotiate these charges and often get the charges dismissed.


There are many legal and factual defenses to Nevada for petty theft. These include:

  • Lack of intent to steal
  • Mistaken ownership
  • A legal purchase of the property

Can I Get Refused a Gaming Card for Petite Larceny?

You may be refused a gaming card if you have a criminal history or criminal record.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your situation, fill out the online form and a lawyer for shoplifting charges will call you within 24 hours. Or just call our office at 702-432-1000. Initial consultation is free.

Can I Get Hired With Petty Larceny Charge?

Unless your criminal record is sealed, a petty larceny charge will come up at your pre-employment background check. Even though there is no law or government rule that requires employers to hire (or fire) someone based on their past history, and even though most employers look at a candidate's background as a whole - work experience, education, and commitment to the job - the right way to handle a past conviction is to seal your criminal record.

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When the Shoplifting Record Can Be Sealed?

Typically, a shoplifting charge (aka as petty theft, petty larceny or petit charge) can be sealed after two (2) years from the time the case is closed. Check our record sealing page for most recent rules.

Heshmati & Associates:
Las Vegas Lawyers for Shoplifting Charges

If you have been accused of shoplifting or petty larceny, involving a lawyer is one of the most important actions you can take. Of course, each legal case is different and the circumstances surrounding each arrest are different too. Without knowing the specifics of your case it is hard to provide any recommendations.

Call our office at 702-432-1000 and ask to speak with a lawyer for shoplifting charges.

The firm of Heshmati & Associates represents local residents and tourists arrested for shoplifting in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson, Summerlin and Clark County.

Last updated on January 5, 2018.

Additional Resources: Shoplifting Charges

Las Vegas Police Permits - Getting a work card (new, renewal or replacement) in Las Vegas, Nevada. List of applicable fees.

Psychology Behind Shoplifting. In this article (Forbes Magazine) the author sheds light on the psychology behind petty larceny, mood and wealth.

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