The Contents of an Arrest Warrant Analyzed by a Nevada Defense Lawyer in Nevada NRS 171.108

Most people in the state of Nevada who are subject to arrest are taken into custody by local law enforcement and face prosecution at the state, rather than at the federal, level. As a result, it is imperative that defendants understand the criminal justice process within Nevada so they will know what to expect as they stand trial and face possible consequences for alleged criminal acts.

At LV Criminal Defense, our Las Vegas legal team is focused on developing a deep understanding of criminal laws, defense strategies, and rules of criminal procedure. We have extensive legal experience defending clients in even the most complex of cases, and our defense strategy focuses on resolving cases as quickly as possible while preserving rights and trying to prevent penalties.

We know how frightening it can be when you are arrested, but we also know there are certain requirements to ensure that the process of an arrest is a fair one. We’ll help to make sure that the contents of the warrant for your arrest are in order, and that all procedural steps were followed before you were charged. Give us a call now so we can begin advocating for you throughout the entirely of your criminal case.

What Must an Arrest Warrant Include?

Nevada Revised Statute 171.106 sets forth the circumstances under which an arrest warrant may be issued by a magistrate and provided to a peace officer. A peace officer may get a warrant for your arrest and be authorized to take you into custody after a District Attorney has filed a complaint setting forth probable cause for moving forward with criminal charges against you.

 If a warrant is issued for your arrest, a peace officer can come and take you into custody. However, there are certain criteria that are essential for the warrant to be valid. N.R.S. 171.108 explains what the contents of an arrest warrant must include. According to this statute, the warrant must:

  • Be signed by the magistrate who issued the warrant, and include the name of the magistrate’s office.
  • Include details about the county, city, or town where the arrest warrant was issued.
  • Include the name of the defendant who is being subject to arrest. If the name of the defendant is unknown, the warrant must provide sufficient details to make it possible to identify the defendant with reasonable certainty. This could include a nickname or a detailed description of unique attributes.
  • State the date the warrant was issued.
  • Provide a description of the offense that the prosecutor cited in the complaint that led to the warrant.
  • Command that a defendant be arrested and brought to court to be arraigned before the nearest magistrate who is available.

You have the right to see the warrant when you are subject to an arrest. You should also be given a Miranda warning informing you of the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present before being questioned. Be sure to exercise your right to a lawyer and do not say anything until an attorney is present.

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How Can a Las Vegas Defense Lawyer Help After an Arrest

At LV Criminal Defense, we provide representation to clients who have an active arrest warrant, helping them to try to address the warrant before the arrest actually occurs. If you have already been arrested, we will be there for you at every step of dealing with charges. We can advise you during police interrogation, conduct an investigation into evidence against you, and help you to develop a trial strategy aimed at achieving the quickest and best possible results under the circumstances.

To learn more and to get a knowledgeable and caring advocate on your side, call today to speak to our Las Vegas legal defense team.