Auto Theft Charges in Nevada

Reno Juvenile Crime Attorneys

In Nevada, auto theft charges can have serious penalties for adult and juvenile offenders. Joey Gilbert Law represents clients in criminal and juvenile court, and has extensive experience helping clients in auto theft cases. If your child has been charged with auto theft, our Reno juvenile crime lawyers can provide legal advice and representation to help you seek a positive outcome. Contact our office today for a free consultation.

What You Need to Know About Juvenile Auto Theft

Under Nevada law, auto theft, also known as larceny of a motor vehicle, carries serious penalties. Depending on the severity of the situation and the value of the vehicle stolen, these include imprisonment, fines, and restitution. Larceny of a motor vehicle occurs when a person intentionally steals a motor vehicle and deprives the owner of it.

In Nevada, auto theft may involve a variety of situations, including:

  • Hotwiring a vehicle
  • Stealing keys and taking a vehicle
  • Towing a vehicle with the intent to steal it
  • Putting a vehicle in neutral and rolling it away
  • Breaking into or damaging a vehicle

In order to reach a conviction, courts must prove that the defendant removed the vehicle with the intention to permanently deprive the owner of it. The court must also prove the defendant had full knowledge that the vehicle legally belonged to another person and took it anyway. If you are facing charges of juvenile auto theft, our Reno juvenile crime attorneys can provide thorough representation and assist you every step of the way to seek a favorable outcome.

Joyriding & Nevada Laws

In Nevada, joyriding is also known as unlawful taking of a vehicle. This differs from auto theft in that the defendant had no intention to permanently deprive the owner of the vehicle. Defendants typically steal the vehicle for a temporary amount of time without the owner’s consent, and this is a gross misdemeanor. Penalties for this charge include up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine, so it is important to get legal help right away. At Joey Gilbert Law, our passionate defense lawyers have years of experience and can defend your child’s rights in a juvenile auto theft or joyriding case.

Call us at (775) 574-4774 today to learn more about our services.

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  • Joey Gilbert Law did an outstanding job representing me. They aggressively pursued my case; they recovered a considerable sum; and I am grateful for their efforts.

    Beth S.

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