If you have a court date for a felony or misdemeanor offense in the Las Vegas Municipal Court, the Henderson Justice Court, Clark County Justice Court, the Boulder City Municipal Court, the North Las Vegas Municipal Court, or the North Las Vegas Justice Court and you “fail to appear” for your court date, then the judge will issue a failure to appear warrant for your arrest.
In many of these cases, the failure to appear was inadvertent. Sometimes the failure to appear occurs because of unexpected car trouble, a medical issue, or a mix up in the court dates.
In these cases, contact an attorney about the possibility of filing a motion to vacate or quash the warrant. The attorney can then schedule your next court date and get your case put back on the calendar. Avoiding an arrest will save you from the creation of another arrest record and mug shot. It might also save you time, money and frustration.
Call an experienced criminal defense attorney for a warrant in Las Vegas, NV. Call (702) 385-3131 to discuss your case with an attorney at Gallo Law Office.
Separate Charge for Failure to Appear
N.R.S. 199.335 creates a separate criminal offense for failure to appear in court after admission to bail or release without bail. Prosecutors do not typically charge this separate offense except in the most egregious cases.
Nevertheless, it is important to resolve your failure to appear warrant within 30 days or retain an attorney quickly to help you resolve it.
The elements of the offense include:
- A person is admitted to bail, whether provided by deposit or surety, or released without bail;
- The person is not recommitted to custody;
- The person fails to appear at the time and place required by the order admitting him or her to bail or releasing him or her without bail, or any modification thereof; and
- The person does not surrender himself or herself within 30 days after the date on which the person was required to appear in court.
Penalty and Punishment for Failure to Appear
The penalty and punishment depends on the category of the criminal offense for which the person was required to appear in court. For an underlying felony charge, the offense can be charged as a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.
For an underlying gross misdemeanor with no felonies, the offense can be charged as a gross misdemeanor. If, however, the person left the State of Nevada with the intent to avoid prosecution, then the offense can be charged as a category D felony and punishable as provided in NRS 193.130. See Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 199.335.
Las Vegas Justice Court – Read more about resolving a criminal warrant by contacting a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas. If you are not represented by a private attorney or the public defender, then you can schedule a court appearance by going to the Justice Court Criminal Records Office, located on the 2nd floor of the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Avenue. The criminal arrest warrant will stay in effect until the court appearance and it is recalled or quashed by a judge.
North Las Vegas Municipal Court – Read more about frequently asked questions after a bench warrant is issued from a judge in the Municipal Court of North Las Vegas. Find out more about the consequences of a bench warrant issued if you fail to appear or comply with a court order. The judge that signs the bench warrant will determine the cash bail or bond amount. If the underlying offense involves a traffic offense, the court may suspend your driver's license. Call the North Las Vegas Municipal Court Warrant Office at (702) 633-1130 (option #3) for more information.
Boulder City Municipal Court – Read more about frequently asked questions about bench warrants in Boulder City. If you fail to appear on your court date and you have not paid the full bail then a failure to appear bench warrant will be issued and the notice will be sent to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requesting the suspension of your driver's license. Additionally, a bench warrant fee of $100.00 will be added to the cost of the citation and a collection fee of $100.00 will be assessed to the cost of the citation and reported to a collection agency 30 days after you fail to appear in court.
Warrant Information from the Henderson Municipal Court – Learn more about resolving a warrant issued in Henderson, NV. You can call the Marshal Service of the Henderson Municipal Court at 702-267-3370. To clear a failure to appear or bench warrant, you must post the full bail amount. After the bail has been posted an arraignment will be scheduled. You must then appear at the arraignment unless you have hired an attorney and the attorney has waived your appearance.
Warrants from the Las Vegas Municipal Court – Read more about what to do if your case is in warrant status. Unless you hire an attorney to help you resolve the warrant, you must contact the Judicial Enforcement Unit of the Las Vegas Municipal Court at (702) 229-2067 or appear in person at the Las Vegas Municipal Court to resolve the warrant.
Finding a Lawyer for Failure to Appear Warrants
If you need to find a lawyer for a failure to appear warrant issued by the Las Vegas Municipal Court, the Henderson Justice Court or the Clark County Courts include the Las Vegas Township Justice Court or Eighth Judicial District Court, then contact attorney James C. Gallo.
Mr. Gallo is experienced in representing clients with outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrants issued after the failure to appear in court throughout all of Clark County including the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite.