Outstanding warrants from Nevada are legal orders for arrest that are typically issued in connection with felonies and gross and targeted misdemeanors. In fact, the term is simply an alteration of the name “active warrants” given to freshly issued orders for arrests. Despite the change in terminology, there is no difference made to the way in which these directives are treated or the powers they carry.
While arrests or the issue of an active warrant in Nevada mark the beginning of criminal proceedings against a person, in some scenarios, a citation or summons may be released against an accused. This route is generally reserved for cases made against trivial offenses. In case of felonies, arrests can be made without outstanding warrants. However, when the matter qualifies as a gross misdemeanor, an active warrant will typically be sought.
Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Records and Technology Division maintains the central database of criminal history in the state. It is the responsibility of this division to offer accurate and timely information on public safety issues including criminal occurrences to the various branches of the state police as well as law enforcement communities within the state.
Article 6 of the Nevada Constitution lays down the structure of the state judicial system. The judiciary includes tribunals that work at the state level as well as federal courts. Of the latter, there are two courts; the Federal Court and the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. Functioning in the apex position of all state level judicial entities is the Supreme Court of Nevada. The remainder of the judicial hierarchy is divided into trial courts of general and limited jurisdictions.
Active warrants from Nevada are issued in keeping with the Revised Statues of the State. NRS171.102 states that an order for detention can only be issued on the consideration of a complaint filed by the police. This is defined as a petition for the issue of an arrest warrant along with a sworn declaration or oath. Sworn testimony may also be attached to the complaint.