Warrants in Las Vegas, Nevada
If you know that there is an outstanding warrant issued on you name in Las Vegas area, call us at 702-432-1000. We can help you to resolve your warrant. Don't wait until the police will come and knock on your door.
In a legal context, a Warrant is a writ, or a document, issued by a court that authorizes law enforcement to make an arrest, conduct a search or seizure, or otherwise act to do justice.
The Fourth Amendment
According to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, persons are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government and "no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Suspicion alone is not enough to justify a warrant. Police need to get an authorization of the court to issue a warrant and police need to justify that warrant is necessary.
Types of Warrants
There are three principal types of criminal warrants: arrest warrants, search warrants, and bench warrants.
The warrants may be challenged in court by a criminal defense attorney.
What is a Bench Warrant?
The bench warrant is issued directly from the court, when the person misses court appearance date.
Why is Missing a Court Date a Big Deal for Judges?
Most judges view a defendant’s absence as a sign of disrespect to the court’s authority. The law requires that the defendant or their lawyer to be present for important court dates regarding their case. If the defendant is not present, the judge has to freeze the defendant’s case within the criminal justice system, until the defendant is present.
So, how can the judge get a missing defendant to appear for their case? By issuing a proclamation to law enforcement that says, if any police come across you, they are to hold and transport you to the court, so that your case can proceed.
For most criminal defendants, a bench warrant is issued because they missed their initial court appearance at the scheduled arraignment or court return date.
In Las Vegas, What Happens When You Go to Court With a Bench Warrant?
You may be arrested.
It is always a better idea to contact a lawyer first and learn the status of your case, and then to go to court with a bench warrant. A lawyer will tell you what are the chances that you may end up in jail and recommend strategies to avoid that result.
Removing a Bench Warrant
To remove a bench warrant you (or your attorney) will have to ask the court that issued the warrant to remove it.
The process is called a "motion to quash bench warrant".
Most people do not feel comfortable walking into court and asking the judge to remove their warrant. In fact, you may be arrested and placed in jail, if you try to remove your warrant alone. It's better to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney, who can set a time on the court’s calendar for the request to be heard. The attorney may or may not need your presence.
If the judge feels comfortable that your case will proceed smoothly through the system, he or she will grant a “motion to quash the bench warrant.”
What is an Arrest Warrant?
When a prosecutor believes that he or she has probable cause to charge you with a crime, the prosecutor can either ask the court to summon you to appear or ask the court to send a proclamation to law enforcement to arrest you on sight.
This is an arrest warrant.
Typically, a prosecuting attorney will request an arrest warrant only if he or she believes that the defendant is a danger to the community, or would ignore the court’s summons to appear on their own.
What is a Search Warrant?
Search warrants give the police special permission to search your home, car, or office for evidence relating to a potential crime. Search warrants are not arrest warrants. However, a person can be arrested during the execution of a search warrant.
There are special legal rules governing all stages of the search warrant process, including the application for the warrant with a judge, and the execution of the warrant by the police. When there is an error at any stage of the warrant process, the evidence that was found may be suppressed in court.
Who Issues Search Warrants?
In Nevada, all search warrants are issued by the court where the charges were filed.
Each search warrant must be signed by the judge. Some warrants are issued under seal.
Should You Be Given a Copy of a Search Warrant?
Yes. A copy of the search warrant must be given to you. Search warrants are requested by Las Vegas Metro, Henderson Police, North Las Vegas Police, and any other State police agency that are governed by NRS 179.015 - NRS 179.115. The search warrants expire ten (10) days after the request.
Can Police Execute a Search Warrant at the Hotel in Las Vegas?
Yes. When police execute a search warrant, they take a copy of the warrant to the location to be searched, knock on the door, and announce themselves with the warrant. If they are not allowed in the location (in this case, a hotel room), they can make a forcible entry.
At What Day of the Year Warrants Are Removed?
Many clients ask us, "At what day of the year warrants are removed?"
Warrants can be removed on any day of the year. When the issue is resolved, the warrant is removed. For example, a criminal defense attorney filed a motion to quash bench warrant on your behalf. If the motion was granted, then the court would remove the warrant. Or, a person missed the court appearance date and because of that the judge issued a bench warrant. Later, that person was found and appeared in court in front of the judge. The warrant would then be removed.
If you need more information, call us at 702-432-1000.
How Long Does a Warrant Stay Active in Nevada?
Once a warrant is issued, it can only be removed by the court. A warrant will not expire based on time. Warrants can stay active forever.
Warrants: Confidential or Not?
It depends. All bench warrants are public record. A judge will issue the bench warrant in court. The proceedings that happen in court are public record.
Arrest warrants are different. Arrest warrants may be issued under seal. This means a person may not know that the warrant has been issued. Why? Because the police don’t want a person to skip town knowing that there is a warrant issued for his or her arrest.
Search warrants are also often issued under seal, especially in drug and firearm possession cases. The police do not want give a person the chance to hide or destroy evidence.
Attorney for Warrants
If you have an outstanding warrant or if you want to know if there is an outstanding warrant, call us at 702-432-1000.
We routinely handle motions to quash bench warrants and know how to make the process of lifting arrest warrants easy and painless.
Initial consultation is free and confidential.
We serve clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Summerlin, Mesquite and throughout Nevada.
Payment plans are available.
Last updated on November 3, 2017.
Free Warrant Search
Las Vegas Warrants Inquiry. To look up your court case, click on the name of the court where your case is pending and follow the steps on that court's website.
Active Warrants Check. You can find here the list of active warrants issued by Henderson Municipal Court.