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Las Vegas Arrest Warrants in Nevada-NRS 179.320

arrest warrant las vegasWhen a crime is committed and a police officer is not present, the police must get an arrest warrant before they can arrest the person suspected of committing the crime.

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you may feel like you have to watch every move you make. Even the smallest traffic violation can result in your arrest if there is a warrant out for you. This can make everyday life very stressful.

Take control of the situation by retaining experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer at LV Criminal Defense. The criminal justice system can be confusing and scary, but with the help of qualified counsel, you can stop worrying about getting arrested.

What is the difference between an arrest warrant and a bench warrant in Nevada?

A bench warrant is the order of a Nevada judge to arrest you for failing to appear for a scheduled court date. For example, if you are pulled over for speeding and the officer writes you a ticket, the ticket will have a date on it. This is your scheduled court date to plead guilty (or not guilty). If you fail to appear, the judge will issue a bench warrant. The bench warrant gives the police permission to arrest you if they find you.

In summary, an arrest warrant is issued at the start of a Nevada criminal case, while a bench warrant is part of an existing criminal case.

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Why are arrest warrants issued in Nevada?

There are several situations which may cause a judge to issue an arrest warrant:

  • A person commits a crime outside the presence of a police officer, and the police officer requests a warrant from a judge after showing evidence of probable cause that the person committed the crime
  • A grand jury indicts you (this usually occurs only in big, newsworthy cases)
  • The District Attorney files a criminal complaint against you

What happens if a Nevada arrest warrant is issued for me?

An arrest warrant gives the police the ability to search for you at home, at work, or in public, and once they find you, to take you into police custody. If the police find you and arrest you, they should read you Miranda rights, which include telling you that you have the right to remain silent until a lawyer is present.

If this happens to you, remain silent and contact LV Criminal Defense as soon as possible to defend you going forward. Your attorney will be able to represent you at the bail hearing to try to get you out of jail while the case proceeds.

Arrest Warrant Resources in Clark County

City of Las Vegas Marshal – Warrant Search

Clark County Criminal Division – Warrant Status Check Information

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