According to police, a new trend in theft is in full swing. Thefts of hair extensions made from real human hair are on the rise. One pack of hair extensions made from human hair can cost $100.00 or more from legitimate retail outlets. The average person would need at least two packs to have a full head of extensions. Because of the tremendous expense associated with human hair extensions, there is a large secondary resale market where people can buy the stolen items for substantially less than retail.
Commercial thefts that are committed without any force or fear are usually charged as Petit Theft (also called "petty theft") or Petit Larceny (also called "petty larceny"). Petit Theft or Petit Larceny is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six (6) months in jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine. If the person planned the theft before entering the store, the State may also charge a Burglary.
Burglary is entering a building with the intent to commit theft, battery or a felony inside. Historically, Burglary required a breaking and entering of a residence in the nighttime. However, modern day Burglary laws permit a charge whenever someone enters a building with the intent to steal or commit another specified offense. Burglary is punishable by up to ten (10) years in prison. If the theft is committed from the person by force or fear, the State can charge Robbery.
Robbery is punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in prison.
If you or someone you know is charged with a theft offense such as Petit Larceny, Petit Theft, Burglary or Robbery, it is important that you contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney right away. The Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers at Brown Law Offices can assist you in analyzing the facts of your case, identifying applicable defenses and providing you with the most effective defense strategies possible to protect you and your legal rights.