GRAND THEFT AUTO
Proving Grand Theft AutoIn order to convict a person of grand theft auto, the prosecutor must show that the defendant:
- took or drove a vehicle
- that belonged to someone else
- with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the object.
A car can be taken in many ways. It can be left unattended with the keys, or it can be left unlocked and started without a key (hotwired), or it can be broken into and hotwired.
In many states, grand theft auto laws apply not only to the theft of cars, but also to the theft of boats, campers, motorcycles, and other vehicles. In some states, the crime of grand theft auto is committed only if the vehicle is taken on public roads (obviously, in such a state, theft of a boat would not be considered grand theft auto).
If the value of the stolen motor vehicle was $3,500 or more, the defendant is guilty of a category B felony; and penalties include imprisonment for at least one year (and up to ten years), and a fine of up to $10,000. When the value of the stolen vehicle was less than $3,500, the offense is a category C felony, which incurs at least two (and up to five) years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.
And in addition to these penalties, the defendant must pay restitution (money compensation to the vehicle’s owner for the material value of the loss or damage caused by the crime).
(Nv. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 205.228.)