Burglary carries a severe penalty of up to ten years in state prison. In Nevada, the offense of burglary is not what one typically imagines when envisioning a burglary: a person breaking into a house or business at night for the purpose of committing a theft. In this state, a burglary occurs whenever someone enters a building or vehicle with the intention of committing a larceny, an assault, a battery, or any felony inside. This means, for example, that if someone enters a casino with the intention of cashing a fraudulent check, they will likely be charged not only with forgery and theft, but also with burglary—as the prosecution will allege that the accused had the intention of passing the check off as real at the time he walked through the doors of the casino.


Depending on the facts of your case, your defense team may be able to argue that, at the time that you entered a building, you did not have any intention of committing a crime inside. If it is obvious that a crime was committed inside, it can be argued that the idea to commit the crime did not materialize until after you had already entered.