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Juvenile Stealing Arrests


Nationwide, the number of juvenile arrests for stealing has decreased over the past decade, according to the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Nevertheless, estimated total nationwide arrests of juveniles (under age 18) for robbery in 2018 exceeded 17,000. Estimated national arrests for the same age group for larceny or theft exceeded 92,000. In Nevada, 2018 estimates for robbery arrests reach almost 100 for every 100,000 persons aged 10 to 17, while estimates for arrests for larceny exceed 400 for the same number and range. (In 2017, these statistics were similar, although slightly higher: 116 robbery arrests per 100,000 youths and 421 larceny arrests for every 100,000 youths). According to a 8newsnow.com report, Nevada was the state with the tenth highest rate of stealing arrests for the 10-year-old to 17 year-old age group in 2017. In 2018, according to statistics published by the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Nevada had the third highest number of robbery arrests, but was in the bottom half of all states in terms of juvenile larceny arrests.

Robbery and Larceny – What’s the Difference?

Generally, the crime of robbery involves the taking another person’s property through the use of force. Nevada law has a more particularized definition of the crime of robbery. Under NRS 200.380, robbery is unlawfully taking personal property from another person (or unlawfully taking the property in that person’s presence) using force, violence or fear of injury to the person, the person’s family members, or companions at the scene of the crime.

Generally, the crime of larceny involves intentionally stealing, taking, and carrying away property of another person. In Nevada, larceny is divided into two crimes – petit larceny and grand larceny.

Under Nevada law, effective July 1, 2020, petit larceny is intentionally stealing or taking away any of the following types of property, with a value of less than $1,200:

  • personal goods or property of another
  • property of another used or to be used by a lodger
  • real property converted into personal property by separating it from another’s property
  • domesticated animals

Under Nevada law, effective July 1, 2020, grand larceny is stealing or taking away any of the types of property listed above, as well as livestock, with a value of $1,200 or more.

Juvenile Justice in Nevada

Under Section 62A.030 of Title 5 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (N.R.S.), which pertains to juvenile justice, a youth is generally subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system if he or she is:

  • under 18 years of age, and
  • under 21, and subject to the juvenile court’s jurisdiction for acts committed before he or she turned 18
  • subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court as a juvenile sex offender

Generally, Nevada has a separate juvenile court system for prosecuting youths who commit most juvenile crimes.  It is important to work with an experienced Nevada criminal lawyer in the event you or a child of yours is arrested for committing a crime in Nevada. Contact an experienced Las Vegas juvenile crime lawyer at Lobo Law PLLC for more information.





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