If you are the target of a warrant, you could be arrested at any moment. Every time you go to work, leave your home or get behind the wheel of a care, you run the risk that you could be jailed before your friends, family and co-workers. If you are the target of a warrant, you need a warrant defense attorney who will protect your rights.
Our warrant defense attorneys are led by a former prosecutor who handled the prosecution of thousands of warrants. Having a warrant means you will have to deal with the criminal justice system and it is important to have an attorney on your side who knows the ins and outs of warrant prosecution. Our office can provide you with step by step legal advice to ensure that an active warrant does not mean the end of your freedom or the violation of your Constitutional rights.
If you have been asked to appear in Court and miss a court date, chances are the judge is going to issue a bench warrant for your failure to appear in court. This type of warrant gives the police the power to arrest you wherever they find you. Bench warrants are listed in a database that is accessible to local law enforcement and if the police pull you over and discover your name in the database, they will take you into custody.
It is understandable that people may have to miss court. Some people forget that they have a court date and others just don’t understand what it means when a police officer tells them they must appear in court or pay a fine by a certain date. While these are valid excuses and may be considered by a judge it will not stop a judge from issuing a bench warrant if you fail to appear. Once a bench warrant is issued, or if you realize you missed your court date, you should contact a warrant defense lawyer immediately.
A search warrant gives law enforcement the authority to search your person and/or your property. A search warrant does not allow the police to arrest you. However, if the police find something on your property which leads them to reasonably believe you have committed a crime, you can be arrested. When a search warrant is issued, you should consider that a clear indication that you are being investigated for a crime. If you are the target of a search warrant you should contact a warrant defense lawyer immediately.
An arrest warrant is different from a bench warrant. If an arrest warrant is issued, the police will find you and arrest you. When arrest warrants are issued, the police may come to your home or your place of employment to look for you. If the police find you, you should expect to be handcuffed and taken into police custody.
Arrest warrants can be requested by the District Attorney if the DA knows they are going to file a criminal complaint against you. Police can request an arrest warrant if they can convince a judge that you have committed a crime.
If you find out you have a warrant, you should immediately talk to a warrant defense attorney to determine your next steps. If you are arrested on an arrest warrant it is critical that you inform the police that you are invoking your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, and not say another word about your case.
As a former prosecutor, our warrant defense lawyers understand the rules for issuing and executing outstanding warrants. By hiring us to defend you against a warrant, we will make sure that all of the proper protocols and processes were followed when peace law enforcement officers executed the warrant or served you with the summons. We’ll begin helping you to prepare a response to your criminal charges as well, which could include negotiating a plea deal with the prosecutor on your behalf or getting ready to go to court to fight against a conviction.
If you miss a court date and become aware a bench warrant has been issued, contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. An attorney can file a motion to recall the warrant and schedule a new court date. This is far preferable to being unexpectedly arrested on the warrant.
A lawyer can file motions contesting the validity of an arrest warrant if there are deficiencies with how it was issued or executed. They may also be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to recall the warrant. They can assist with the booking and bail process if you are arrested and begin building your defense immediately. Retaining counsel early is critical.
If you know there is a warrant for your arrest, immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer. An attorney can negotiate with prosecutors to recall the warrant or surrender you to authorities in a safe, controlled manner.
If an arrest warrant is issued for you, police can apprehend and arrest you any time they locate you. This may occur during a routine traffic stop, at your home, workplace, etc. Arrest warrants do not expire until executed.
When arrested on a warrant, the police will thoroughly search and transport you to jail for booking. You have the right to remain silent other than giving basic ID info. Notify the court and your lawyer of the arrest ASAP. Bail may be set, or you may be held until court.
Yes, your criminal defense lawyer can file motions disputing the legality of how the arrest warrant was issued or executed. If there are deficiencies, it may be possible to get the warrant thrown out by the judge.
Bail will consider flight risk, criminal history, nature of charges, and other factors. Those arrested for felonies or with histories of missing court may have higher bail. Bail can potentially be negotiated by your attorney.
An attorney can help navigate the booking process, argue for bail terms, immediately begin building your defense case, and protect your rights starting when you are arrested. Swiftly retaining counsel is vital for the best outcome.
Here is a reminder of some of our other helpful resources related to criminal defense in Nevada:
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, don’t forget to explore the wealth of information available on our website that could help your case:
– For a felony arrest, be sure to read our guides on Criminal Defense Attorneys, Felonies in Nevada, Attorneys Answer Your Questions About Miranda Rights, Firearms Defense Lawyers, Theft Defense Lawyers, Winning Felony Cases in Nevada, Drug Possession Defense Lawyer, and Marijuana Possession Questions? We’ve Got Answers.
– For solicitation and prostitution charges, see our guide on Charged with Solicitation? We Can Help.
– If you received a traffic ticket, don’t miss our page on Nevada Traffic Tickets.
– For questions about outstanding warrants, read our Warrant Defense Attorneys guide.
– Unsure if you need a lawyer for a misdemeanor? See our guide Do You Need to Hire a Lawyer for Misdemeanor Charges?
– If you have an upcoming arraignment, our page on The Nevada Arraignment – Frequently Asked Questions answers common questions.
– To learn about sealing records in Nevada, read our Definitive Guide to Sealing Criminal Records in Nevada.
– For sex crime charges, see our team of Sex Crime Defense Attorneys.
– If you’ve been charged with shoplifting, our guide on Nevada Shoplifting Laws outlines what you need to know.
Don’t hesitate to explore our website or reach out if you need legal help!