Las Vegas Justice Court - Pretrial Services Division
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the person I posted bail/bond for be released?
PreTrial Services cannot determine release times and the Clark County Detention Center does not provide that information. Any questions regarding release times should be directed to the Clark County Detention Center (702)671-3900.
When a person is arrested, when is their first court hearing if they remain in custody?
A new charge will be reviewed within 48 hours of the arrest to determine probable cause; after the determination is made a hearing date will be set within 72 hours.
What is the first appearance called?
Formisdemeanor cases, it is called an Arraignment; for gross misdemeanor and felony cases, it is referred to as the Initial Appearance.
What occurs at the Arraignment (misdemeanors)?
Charges are read in open court and a plea is entered. For every defendant facing the possibility of jail time, appointment of counsel is made if granted by the court.
What occurs at the Initial Appearance (gross misdemeanors and felonies)?
Charges are read in open court; however a plea is NOT entered at this time. Appointment of counsel is made if granted by the court.
What does it mean when someone is released on their Own Recognizance (OR)?
This means he/she is released on his/her promise to appear in court for all future court dates and to not reoffend while on release; no bail money is due at that time.
What does it mean when a person is released on their Own Recognizance with Intensive supervision?
If a person is released on their Own Recognizance, the judge may impose conditions of release, which means the arrestee/defendant must abide by set conditions to remain out of custody. Some examples may include Intensive Supervision, random drug and alcohol testing, in-person and/or telephone check-ins, as well as proof of continuous employment/school.
How do I become a reference for someone who is requesting an Own Recognizance release?
You can contact the Pretrial Services office and/or appear in open court on the day of their Initial Appearance. The Clark County Detention Center’s web site will display the next court date.
What happens if a person who is being supervised by Pretrial Services is not compliant?
The Court will provide a non-compliance report to the presiding Judge. In some cases, recommendation is made to the court to revoke the defendant's Own Recognizance release, which if approved, would ultimately result in the defendant being remanded back into custody.
How long does a person remain on Intensive Supervision?
Until the Judge removes the supervision requirement.
What if a check-in day is missed on Intensive Supervision?
There are no make-up days for missed check-ins. The person should contact the Intensive Supervision immediately if they miss a check-in.
What if my check-in day falls on a holiday?
You should check in at the Clark County Detention Center kiosk location.
Can I prearrange a release on my Own Recognizance for an active arrest warrant(s)?
If you've been advised by a local court you have an arrest warrant, please contact the Pretrial Services office at (702) 671-3153. The court will obtain necessary information and set up and in person appointment for interview and assessment after which a motion will be placed on calendar for judicial review of the warrant/case.