Nevada Defense Attorney Explains Form of a Warrant

An information is a pleading the state submits to the court to initiate criminal proceedings after a preliminary examination has found probable cause to move forward in a case against a defendant. An indictment is handed down by the grand jury if the grand jury finds probable cause to indict a defendant for a serious offense. Both an indictment and an information could move a case against a defendant forward so the person who is accused of wrongdoing will need to begin seriously preparing a legal defense.

When a presentment, indictment or information initiates legal proceedings, a warrant may be issued for the arrest of the defendant. If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you need to take swift action and reach out to a Nevada defense attorney.

LV Criminal Defense can provide you with help if a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Our legal team will work to negotiate the terms of your arrest so you can try to surrender instead of just being taken into custody. We can help you to argue for bail and to identify the right approach to responding to charges, which could include fighting for acquittal, motioning for dismissal, or letting our legal team help to work out a plea deal.

Our knowledgeable and skilled attorneys know how to help defendants get the best outcomes in a bad situation and we will put our extensive legal experience to work. Give us a call for help right away.

Nevada Rules on the Form of a Warrant

Because police cannot simply arrest someone, there is a process in Nevada’s criminal justice system by which a warrant can be issued for a defendant. There are many rules related to when and how a warrant must be issued. One rule is found in N.R.S. 179.380.

N.R.S. 179.380 is an authorized form for a warrant upon finding of presentment, indictment, or information. It is essentially a sample form that can be used in the official legal document that gives a peace officer the command to arrest a defendant who will have to answer charges that he committed a crime.  While the specific form found in N.R.S. 179.328 does not have to be used since Nevada Revised Statute section 179.315 indicates that any form containing substantially the same information is valid, the authorized form often is utilized because it is convenient and practical to make use of a form that is presumed to be valid.

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The language contained in N.R.S. 179.380 indicates that the state of Nevada is giving a sheriff, constable, marshal, police officer or peace officer a command to arrest a named defendant. The form must specify the date that the presentment was made, information was filed, or indictment was found. It must specify the crime that the defendant is being charged with and it must specify that the defendant should either be brought to court after the arrest or should be delivered to a designated place after arrest if court is not in session.

If the statutory form is not used for a warrant, similar information must be contained in the warrant that is officially issued so a defendant will understand how criminal proceedings were initiated against him and why he is being commanded to come to court.

Getting Help  from a Nevada Defense Attorney

A Nevada defense attorney can provide help if a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Our legal team will carefully review the information contained in the warrant and the evidence against you and will provide you with insight in determining how best to respond to the charges that you face.

Being charged with any offense is very serious, and your freedom and reputation could be at stake. Let LV Criminal Defense bring our extensive legal experience to the table to fight to get you the most favorable possible outcome for your criminal proceedings. Give us a call today to find out how we can help.

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