Bail Bonds for Warrants - Las Vegas, Nevada
Wants, Warrants & Bail Bonds
Warrant is an authorization by a judge for an officer to search a location, seize items or arrest a suspect.
Bail is cash or its equivalent (such as a bail bond) that a court accepts in exchange for allowing a defendant to remain at home until the conclusion of the case. Bail creates a financial incentive for defendants to make all required court appearances.
What Will Courts Accept as Bail?
The bail can be provided by cash, check for the full amount of bail, or by purchasing a bond from a bail bonds agency.
Warrant Bail Bond Amount
Certain warrants have predetermined bail amounts assigned to them, but in some cases, the judge assigns the bail amount (bailable warrant), or decides, if there is no bail at all (non-bailable warrant).
No Bail Warrants
Usually, very serious felonies fall into the "warrant without bail" or "non-bailable warrant" category. This includes criminal charges for murder, rape, conspiracy, kidnapping, drug trafficking.
"No bail warrant" can also be issued for previous failure of the suspect to appear in court for the hearing. The judge may also deny bail and keep the defendant in custody, if another jurisdiction has placed a warrant (hold) on a defendant so that the other jurisdiction could pursue its charge.
Removing Bailable Warrants
The bailable warrant may be removed ("quashed" is a legal term) by posting bail with the court. The bail can be paid in cash, credit cards, or checks. Not every person has the resources to pay bail in cash. Often the accused or somebody on his behalf contacts a licensed bail bondsman to post a bail.
Once the bail has been paid, the defendant no longer has to fear of being arrested at work, at home or while driving around town.
What to Do if Bail Is Not Set
If bail is not set to your outstanding warrant, you can consider the following options:
- First, you can always turn yourself in to law enforcement. You may be released on your own recognizance (also called "O.R"), or you will remain in jail until hearing whether you are eligible for bail.
- Second, you can request a hearing by filing a motion to quash the outstanding warrant. You need a lawyer to help with this.
If you have any questions and need more information how bail bonds for warrants work, call our office at 702-432-1000 and ask to speak with an attorney experienced in removing warrants.
Can Bail Be Revoked?
Yes. When the defendant fails to show up in court, or gets arrested again, the bail is revoked. The judge issues the bond forfeiture warrant and the bond amount becomes the property of the jurisdiction hearing the case. The judge can also revoke the bail of the suspect who violates the condition of bail. For instance, if the suspect who is ordered to enroll in a counseling program fails to do so, the judge can issue warrant for the suspect's arrest. In some cases, when the judge considers the violation to be very serious, the judge may simply raise the amount of bail.
When Foreigners Involved
Because of terrorism concerns, foreign national may have special obstacles when it comes to be released on bail. If this is your case, you need to consult an attorney with experience in criminal law and immigration issues. You may also want to contact your country consulate.
Can I Be Arrested Without a Warrant in Las Vegas?
There are two ways how a person can be arrested in Las Vegas and in Nevada.
a) The judge issues an arrest warrant. This usually happens when the defendant didn't appear in court for the hearing.
b) In special circumstances the police is allowed to arrest a person without a warrant. A good example would be if the officer witnessed the crime.
We Can Help
If you need an attorney to represent you at the bail hearing, or of you want to speak with an attorney about your active warrant, contact our office at 702-432-1000.
We will research the status of your warrant and explain how the law applies to your situation.
We represent clients charged with crime in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, North Las Vegas and throughout the surrounding areas of Nevada.
Initial consultation is free.
Payment plans are available.