WARNING: If you have an outstanding Warrant, you may be arrested if you try to make a payment at any court window in the Las Vegas area.
Half Price Lawyers now offers a simple “Fix Warrant by Phone” service. Call us at 702-400-0000 for help with this matter; you don’t need to leave your home and risk being arrested. In most cases, your warrant will be quashed THE SAME DAY you call!
As well, Half Price Lawyers offers DMV & FTA (Failure to Appear) Clearance. If your driver’s license has been suspended, we will obtain the FTA clearance for you, from the Las Vegas court. At that point, you can take the FTA clearance to the DMV and have your license reinstated.
Why Do I Have a Warrant?
If you failed to appear in court on the date and time indicated on your Las Vegas traffic ticket or for your criminal offense case, you likely have a court-issued warrant for your arrest. Or, you may have a warrant issued if you failed to follow a previous court order; for example, if you did not pay a previously issued fine or did not complete court-ordered programs or classes.
What to Do If You Have an Arrest Warrant in Nevada
If you have an arrest warrant in Nevada, you need to make a plan to have the warrant rescinded or turn yourself in. Depending on what the warrant is for and what court is in charge of the case, you may be able to get the warrant quashed by addressing the underlying charges.
If you can’t quash the warrant, you should arrange to turn yourself in at a time that can get you before a judge for a bond hearing quickly. A skilled attorney can help you make a plan to address the warrant in the most effective way.
Can You Get Rid of a Warrant Without Going to Jail?
Yes, sometimes, you can get rid of a warrant without going to jail. If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge or a civil infraction, it may be possible to address the warrant without going to jail. You need to arrange with the court for a time to address the warrant and the charges in court before a judge.
It largely comes down to court procedure. The court may allow you to schedule a hearing on the warrant without turning yourself in. Some courts don’t allow scheduled bench warrant hearings. However, depending on the court and the circumstances, it may be possible to get rid of a warrant without going to jail.
What Happens If There Is a Warrant Out for Your Arrest?
If there is a warrant out for your arrest, you may be taken into custody at any time. If you’re stopped by the police for an unrelated matter, or even if the police show up at your door, they can take you to jail. Whether you’re arrested without warning or you turn yourself in, the warrant remains until you address the underlying charges.
Your arrest warrant attorney may be able to schedule a hearing to have the warrant quashed. However, until you address the warrant for your arrest, it remains outstanding, and the police may execute the warrant by taking you to jail at any time.
Can You Get a Warrant Canceled?
Yes, you can get a warrant canceled. However, canceling a warrant is at the discretion of the court. It’s not something that’s automatic. To get a warrant canceled, you must convince the court that you’re ready and willing to address the charges against you. You must take active steps towards responding to the charges against you for the court to agree to quash the warrant. Yes, you can get a warrant canceled, but it’s up the court, and they want to see you take steps to address your charges.
What Happens When a Warrant Is Issued?
When a warrant is issued, it’s entered into a law enforcement database. Any member of law enforcement with access to the database can look up your name and find that you have a warrant. Law enforcement may actively look for people who have warrants and take them into custody.
On the other hand, they might find out about your warrant if you come to law enforcement attention for another reason. You may either be arrested or turn yourself in. When a warrant is issued, it remains outstanding until you address the charges.
How to Address an Arrest Warrant in Nevada
To address an arrest warrant in Nevada, you begin by understanding what the warrant is for. For minor offenses like traffic offenses and misdemeanors, you may be able to schedule a court hearing to address the warrant. For serious offenses, the court will demand that you go through the arrest process.
For a minor offense, you might be able to get the warrant quashed. To quash a warrant means to have the court agree to set it aside. Setting aside an arrest warrant is not something that the court takes lightly. To quash a warrant, your attorney files a motion to recall or quash a warrant. The court sets a hearing in a few days.
Usually, a motion about a warrant can be heard within five days. In the meantime, you could still be arrested. You might need to attend the hearing, but a lot of times, your attorney may attend the hearing on your behalf. It all just depends on the court involved and your charges.
Asking the Court to Cancel the Warrant
Usually, when you appear at the hearing to quash a warrant, all is forgiven. You can expect a stern lecture from the judge about the importance of attending court hearings. The court may want to hear an explanation or an apology for missing a court date.
Sometimes, the court may be more inclined to cancel the warrant if you can show that you’re addressing the charges. For example, your attorney might approach the state’s attorney to see if you can quickly work out a plea deal. If you can’t reach a plea deal, your attorney may talk at the hearing about being prepared to attend trial. The court may impose conditions of bond. You should be ready to show that you’re not a flight risk. You may need to post bond.
Turning Yourself in on a Warrant
If the court will not agree to schedule a bond hearing, you must arrange to turn yourself in. Again, an attorney who knows the ins and outs of local law enforcement can help arrange for a time to do this effectively. You want to put yourself in a position to be seen by the court as soon as possible.
Turn yourself in on a Friday afternoon, and you might find yourself spending the weekend in jail. Turn yourself in on a Monday at 6 a.m., and you might find yourself through jail processing and in front of a judge in the same morning. Only an experienced attorney who understands the local procedures can help you make an effective plan.
How Do I Get Started?
Contact one of our trusted attorneys at 702-400-0000 for a free consultation regarding your case. Remember: the longer you wait, the greater the risk of higher fines, more potential for jail time, and worse credit ratings. Your best option is to have a confidential phone call with one of our attorneys to discuss the specifics of your case.
Contact Our Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers
Don’t let the stress or shame of a warrant get to you. We at Half Price Lawyers are here to support you during the process of quashing your warrant and clearing your name. Perhaps most importantly: we fight to keep you OUT OF JAIL. In case you didn’t hear it the first time: we’re typically able to quash your warrant within 24 hours after you speak with us about your case.
As well, our experienced lawyers will help negotiate the original and underlying case which caused your warrant to be issued in the first place. This will clear up the issue permanently and is an essential step in the process. For most of our clients, we are able to have the charges relating to the original case drastically reduced.