Las Vegas Criminal Lawyer Unveils The Rights of the Arrested in Nevada NRS-171.153
When you are arrested, you need to get help right away. You need to reach out to a family member or friend who can begin getting bail money together, and you need to contact an attorney who can help you to argue for bail and assist in dealing with law enforcement in the post-arrest process. Fortunately, Nevada state law ensures you have the ability to get the help you need. It does this by giving you the legal right to make telephone calls.
If you have been arrested, a call to LV Criminal Defense is one of the first calls that you should make. When you give us a call, you will speak with an experienced member of our legal team who can begin working right away for you. Our Las Vegas criminal defense law firm is focused on helping defendants to resolve charges quickly and avoid as much jail time as possible so we’ll come to you, help you to argue for your release on bail, and begin preparing a strategy for winning your case and avoiding a guilty verdict. Give us a call now so we can start on your case.
The Right of the Arrested to Make Phone Calls
Nevada Revised Statute 171.153 guarantees the rights of the arrested to make phone calls. Under this law, a defendant who is arrested is entitled to make a “reasonable number” of completed phone calls. These calls may be limited to local telephone calls, unless the individual who is arrested is willing to pay at his or her own expense to make long distance telephone calls.
A “reasonable number” of phone calls is defined as including one completed telephone call to a friend or to a bail agent, as well as one completed telephone call to an attorney. Making a call which does not go through is not considered to be a completed telephone call.
The defendant must be permitted to make these telephone calls from the police station or from the location where he was booked immediately after booking unless it is physically impossible for this to occur. In all cases, the defendant must be given the opportunity to make a phone call within no more than three hours from the time of the arrest.
The Importance of Making Phone Calls After Arrest
Defendants have the legal right, codified by law, to make phone calls because defendants are entitled to due process. Due process protects you from simply being deprived of life, liberty, or property by authorities. You must be given the chance to make a call so you have the opportunity to get out of jail by contacting a friend or bail agent to post your bond. You must also be given a chance to call a lawyer so you have a legal advocate who is on your side and who is looking out for your interests.
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How Can a Las Vegas Defense Attorney Help You?
When you are arrested, make sure that one of your calls is to LV Criminal Defense and Nick Wooldridge. Our experienced legal team will get to work immediately, helping you to argue for release on your own recognizance or a low bail. We’ll begin exploring the facts of your case and the circumstances of your arrest so we can help you to decide how to plead and so we can develop a legal strategy which reduces the chance of serious penalties or which results in a not guilty verdict.
We understand how frightening the arrest process can be, and we know that you need to take advantage of your right to make a phone call by reaching out to a top criminal defense attorney who will be there for you at every step of your case. Make your call to our Las Vegas criminal defense firm now so we can start working on keeping you out of jail.