No one ever wants a warrant to be issued for their arrest. Unfortunately, if an indictment is handed down by a grand jury or if a preliminary hearing reveals probable cause to move forward with presenting an information to the court, you could find yourself facing a warrant. A District Attorney or an Attorney General can ask the court to issue the warrant against any defendant who was named in the indictment or who was named in the information.
A warrant must include certain information, and it can also include details on the amount of bail that you would need to post to be released from custody pending the outcome of your criminal trial. You need to understand the details contained within a warrant because they can affect your response to the warrant.
LV Criminal Defense is here and ready to help you respond in the most strategic way possible when you are arrested, so you should give us a call right away. Our Las Vegas criminal defense team has the knowledge and legal abilities to help you decide how to plead and to develop a strong strategy that is aimed at getting your case resolved quickly with no penalties or minimal consequences.
When a court issues an arrest warrant, N.R.S. 173.155 sets forth the rules for the form that the warrant must take. The warrant has to describe the criminal offense(s) that a defendant is being charged with based on the indictment or the information. The warrant also must command that the defendant be arrested and brought before the court. It should contain all information required by N.R.S. 171.108, including the name of the defendant, the date the warrant was issued, and the location (county, town, or city) where the warrant was issued.
The warrant can fix and endorse the amount of bail to be paid, but it does not necessarily have to set a specific bail amount for a defendant. It is becoming increasingly common for warrants to fix a bail amount in an effort to reduce delays between the time a defendant has been arrested and the time the defendant is able to post bail so a defendant does not need to remain in custody until the case is resolved. If bail is not fixed on the warrant, then a court will need to decide the amount of bail to require after the arrest has been made.
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A warrant has to be signed by the clerk, and the clerk must deliver it to those who are authorized to execute it, which is generally peace officers.
If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you may wish to talk with a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer about turning yourself in, rather than waiting for the police to show up with handcuffs for an embarrassing arrest. You will also want to get legal help in determining what you should do about the criminal proceedings that you are now embroiled in once a warrant has been issued.
You will need to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty, and LV Criminal Defense can help with either plea. We can negotiate with prosecutors to get the most favorable deal with minimal penalties possible if you wish to admit guilt, or can assist you in casting doubt on a case so you can avoid conviction when a prosecutor can’t convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed a crime.
Don’t wait to get us on your case, as evidence could be lost quickly and the process of building a strong response to charges should begin immediately. Give us a call before you are arrested when possible, or as soon as you have the opportunity to make your phone call once the police have placed you under arrest.