People who are subject to an arrest warrant, bench warrant or search warrant in Nevada face possible criminal prosecution. Convictions carry fines and possibly incarceration. But it may be possible to fight the warrant prior to the police carrying out an arrest.
Some Nevada cities and counties allow people to search their warrant status online. A few of these websites are:
- Las Vegas Municipal court warrant search
- Clark County case search
- Henderson Municipal Court warrant list
- Henderson Justice Court warrant list
- North Las Vegas Municipal Court warrant search
People who suspect they may have an outstanding warrant are advised to contact a criminal defense attorney right away.
Below our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys provide a brief overview of arrest warrants, bench warrants and search warrants in Nevada. Click on a topic to jump to that section:
1. Recalling arrest warrants
When people learn they have a warrant out for their arrest in Nevada, they may choose to appear with their attorney before the court right away. Judges are usually impressed when suspects come to court on their own volition and do not try to escape arrest. Then hopefully the judge would grant an O.R. release or a bail reduction.
Additionally, the defense attorney may try to challenge the validity of the arrest warrant: Perhaps it lacked the proper affidavit or fails to establish probable cause. And if the case proceeds, the defense attorney can file a writ of habeas corpus to challenge the defendant’s incarceration. Learn more about arrest warrants.
2. Quashing bench warrants
Judges typically issue bench warrants when a suspect fails to show up to court. In an effort to recall (“quash”) the bench warrant, the defense attorney would first file “a motion to place on calendar a proceeding to recall or quash the warrant” with the proper Nevada court.”
Once the “motion to quash” is filed with the court, then the clerk will schedule a court hearing within two to five days, usually. However, the person can still be arrested during this waiting period.
During the bench warrant hearing, the defense attorney will give the judge an excuse as to why the defendant missed court. The judge will usually quash the warrant unless the defendant has missed court appearances in the past. Refer to our page on bench warrants.
3. Fighting search warrants
If police find incriminating evidence during a search, the defendant can file with the court a motion to suppress evidence. In this motion, the defendant can argue that the search was invalid and/or that the police overstepped their bounds when conducting the search.
If the court agrees with the defendant and grants the motion to suppress, the court could then toss out the evidence found from the search. The prosecution may then be left with insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction and may dismiss the charges altogether. Visit our page on search warrants.
Call a Nevada criminal defense attorney…
If you have a warrant or are facing criminal charges in Nevada, call our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers for a free phone meeting today.
In California? Go to our page on warrants in California.