5.26.2021

Have an Arrest Warrant? Why You Need a Lawyer.

Written by: The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata

What You Need to Know If a Warrant Has Been Issued for Your Arrest in Las Vegas

If you suspect that a warrant has been issued for your arrest in Las Vegas, you need to contact an attorney immediately. Law enforcement may take you into custody if an arrest warrant is signed by a judge. A lawyer can help you determine whether the warrant was legally obtained and fight the criminal charges.

At the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we represent individuals who have been arrested for crimes in Las Vegas. Attorney Ogata has handled thousands of cases obtaining favorable dispositions for his clients. If you have reason to believe that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, contact our office today for a free consultation.

How Do I Know If I Have an Arrest Warrant?

Arrest warrants are issued by a judge or magistrate based on probable cause that an offense has been committed. Generally, a judge will look to the complaint or citation to determine whether to issue a warrant. The best way to determine whether a warrant has been issued for your arrest is by contacting a criminal defense attorney. 

You can also conduct an online warrant search through the court or law enforcement website. If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, an attorney can help you understand your rights and assist you in getting the warrant recalled and quashed. If a warrant has not been issued, but you believe that it could be in the future, an attorney may be able to help prior to it being filed.

What Are the Legal Requirements for an Arrest Warrant?

Under NRS 171.108, an arrest warrant is an order of the court issued in writing. It must be signed by a magistrate and include the magistrate’s name of office.

Additional requirements of a Nevada arrest warrant include that it must:

  • The name of the defendant;
  • If the name is unknown, it must contain a description that can identify the defendant with “reasonable certainty;”
  • The date of issuance;
  • The county, city, or town where it was issued;
  • Have a description of the offense charged in the complaint; and
  • State that the named person be arrested and brought before a judge (magistrate).

Will I Go to Jail?

Once a warrant is issued for your arrest, you may be taken into custody. Depending on the circumstances, you may be released on your own recognizance for a future court appearance (arraignment) or be required to post bail as a condition of your pre-trial release. 

An attorney can help you get released pre-trial and can provide representation at any hearings (such as a bail hearing), making arguments or motions on your behalf before the court. A lawyer can also argue that the arrest warrant was obtained illegally without probable cause.

Have an Arrest Warrant in Las Vegas? Get a Free Consultation!

If you have an arrest warrant in Las Vegas, contact the Law Office of Garrett T. Ogata for a free consultation. Call (702) 553-1320 to speak directly with an attorney about your case.

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