Possession of Stolen Property

Possession of Stolen Goods
The legal definition of possession of stolen property in Nevada, is, “A person commits an offense involving stolen property if the person, for his or her own gain or to prevent the owner from again possessing the owner’s property, buys, receives, possesses or withholds property:

  • Knowing that it is stolen property
  • Under such circumstances as should have caused a reasonable person to know that it is stolen property.”

In short, it is illegal to have property that you know (or should have reasonably known) is stolen. Nevada courts will presume that you knew the property was stolen if you are found with three or more items of the same kind of stolen property and they all have their serial numbers defaced.

Note that a person may be prosecuted for possession of stolen property in Nevada even if the person who did the stealing is never caught or convicted.


The punishment for violating Nevada possession of stolen property law depends on the value of the property:

If the property is less than $650:
Possessing or receiving stolen property amounting to less than $650 is a misdemeanor in Nevada. The sentence includes:

  • restitution, and
  • up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines

If the property is at least $650 but less than $3,500:
The possession of stolen property from $650 to just under $3,500 is a category C felony in Nevada. The sentence would be:

If the property is $3,500 or more:
The possession or receipt of stolen property valued at $3,500 or more is a category B felony in NevadaThe sentence is:

  • restitution, and
  • one to ten years in Nevada State Prison, and
  • up to $10,000 in fines


If you have been arrested for or charged with possession of stolen property, seek the counsel of a Reno criminal defense attorney with experience fighting Nevada possession of stolen property cases. Reno Nevada Law attorney, Lee Hotchkin, has successfully defended thousands of burglary related cases.

Being arrested for possession of stolen property is fairly common. It’s hard to know these days where anything came from with all the internet web sites selling used items. There are numerous defenses including you did not know the property was stolen, you did not possess the property, or there was an illegal search.  Lee knows all the defenses and can help you get the charges dismissed and can help you get the charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense.

If you have been arrested for possession of stolen property, you deserve an experienced criminal defense attorney who will personally handle your case.  Call Reno Nevada Law attorney Lee Hotchkin (775) 786-5791 – it’s what we do!