Nevada "Identity Theft" Laws (NRS 205)
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers


With the advent of the internet, identity theft is more widespread than ever in Nevada. But penalties are still very harsh. And prospective employers may also choose not to hire job applicants with an ID theft conviction on their record.

Identity theft is where one person uses another's identification information to commit fraud (usually to get money). ID theft can be perpetrated by using another's name, birthday, driver's license, tax ID, credit card, bank account, social security number, or other private information.

Common illegal acts of identity theft in Las Vegas, Nevada include:

  • knowingly possessing someone else's ID card
  • knowingly possessing a stolen ID card
  • using another person's identification to commit a felony or violate a federal law

Identity theft is usually prosecuted in federal court under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998. Possible sentences upon conviction carry up to twenty-five years in Nevada State Prison as well as high fines.

If you would like to talk to one of our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers about your Nevada ID theft case, call 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673). We can schedule a free consultation right away to strategize about how to achieve a favorable resolution.

Go back to our main page on Nevada fraud crimes.

To read about California identity theft law, please see our informational article on California identity theft law.

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