Updated July 1, 2020
Yes. Failing to return a rental car in Nevada amount to embezzlement.
Embezzlement in Nevada is wrongfully taking property that you have been legally entrusted with, such as a rental car. If the rental period has expired and the renter has not returned the car, the renter faces arrest for embezzlement.
Note that a key element of the Nevada crime of embezzlement is “intent to steal.” Merely forgetting to return a rental car on time is not a crime. As long as the prosecutor cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to permanently deprive the rental company of the car, embezzlement charges should not stand.
The penalties for intentionally failing to return a rental car in Nevada depend on the value of the car.
|Value of car||Nevada sentence|
|Less than $1,200||Misdemeanor:|
|$1,200 to less than $5,000||category D felony|
|$5,000 to less than $25,000||category C felony|
|$25,000 to less than $100,000||category B felony|
|$100,000 or more||category B felony|
Read more information about the Nevada crime of embezzlement (NRS 205.300).