Las Vegas Shoplifting & Theft Crimes Attorney

Nevada Theft Crimes Attorney

Theft Crimes attorney in Las Vegas

At the Law Offices of Michael I. Gowdey, Mr. Gowdey has spent 23 years building a reputation for successfully and aggressively defending clients in a wide range of criminal law cases. We have helped hundreds of clients across Nevada and California beat theft-related charges and avoid serious penalties and even jail time.

Theft crimes are crimes of moral turpitude

In each case we take on, we conduct a thorough investigation and exhaust all possible defenses. We scrutinize police reports, examine surveillance footage, interview witnesses and more. Our number one priority is always aimed at obtaining a dismissal or reduction of charges whenever possible.

We hold to the legal principle that it is the job of the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and we will challenge their case every step of the way with the goal of clearing your name. At our office, we believe that the strongest defense is a good offense.

Experienced and Strong Criminal Defense for Theft Crimes

Theft is defined as the unlawful taking of someone else’s property without their consent and with the intent to deprive them of the property permanently.

We defend against a wide range of criminal offenses that fall under the category of theft, including…

  • Shoplifting
  • Petty Theft (petit larceny):
  • Grand Theft (grand larceny)
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Burglary
  • Robbery:
  • Identity Theft
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Auto Theft (Grand theft auto)

These crimes may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances surrounding your case and the value of the property that was deprived or stolen. Penalties can be enhanced if a weapon was used or if force or the threat of force was used against the victims.

Petty Theft vs. Grand Theft


  • Petty Theft involves taking property worth $950 or less
  • Grand Theft involves taking property worth more than $950


  • Petty Theft involves taking property worth $650 or less
  • Grand Theft involves taking property worth more than $650


Michael Gowdey understands, however, that no matter the severity, the potential penalties or the dollar value of the charge, when you are accused of a theft crime, you want an attorney that will take your case seriously and work with you to protect your rights.

Robbery: taking property from another person by using force or the threat of force

Burglary: entering a building with the intent to commit another crime such as assault and battery or larceny

How to Beat a Theft Charge

Lack of Intent

Property was given to you

Mistaken identity/false accusations; and

Free Consultation to Discuss Your Theft Crimes Case

To sit down with our veteran criminal defense attorney, call us at 702-471-0321 or contact our Shoplifting attorney online to schedule a free initial consultation.