Bills address habitual offenders, big retail theft

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Updated: 2/18/2013 3:04 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — One piece of legislation that cracks down on organized retail theft and another aimed at refining the filing of habitual offender status in criminal cases are now before the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary.

Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Richard Carrillo presented AB102, the organized retail theft bill, to the committee Monday. Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Paul Aizley followed suit with AB97 on when prosecutors file for habitual offender status.

Opponents of AB102 argue there are already ample resources to fight and prosecute organized retail crime while supporters say the state needs to do more.

For AB97, defense attorney Scott Coffee says the accused should know what charges they may face early on. Opponents say requiring an early designation could prevent proper punishment for repeat offenders.


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