Las Vegas Bail Bonds

FAQ

The bail process can be confusing, we’ve gathered some of the most commonly asked questions about the process and listed them here. We also have a glossary of bail and legal terms for your reference.

Bail is a part of the legal system that allows an accused person to be released from holding while they await trial by paying a fee to the courts as a collateral and guarantee that they will appear in court.
A Bail Bond, also known as a “surety bond” is a contractual process where a state licensed bail bondsman backed by an insurance company guarantees a court payment of the full bail amount if a defendant is released but fails to appear on their scheduled court date.
During the bail process a bond is issued which is similar to a check. The bail bond is then given to the court and only cashed if the defendant fails to make their court appearance.
When a person is arrested they are typically taken to a police station where they are fingerprinted and photographed as part of the arrest process. Bail cannot be arranged until this booking process is complete.
Posting bail allows a defendant to avoid incarceration prior to their court date. This ensures that a defendant doesn’t serve any undue time and that they can adequately prepare and avoid any disruptions in their life pending trial. While under some circumstances it may seem more cost effective to not post bail for a defendant there are other factors that should be considered. When a defendant who has not posted bail appears in court they will do so as an inmate often wearing prison issued clothing and handcuffs. Often this may imply to both judge and jury that the defendant is already guilty or acclimated to the prison system reducing their chances of a successful court outcome. A defendant appearing in court who is free on bail however can do so on their own terms, dictate their own appearance, and minimize chances of undue bias.
Unless specifically addressed by the court, anyone can post bail for a defendant.
In the state of Nevada, there is a set cost for a bail bond which is no more or no less than 15%. For example, if a bond amount is set at $10,000 the cost (premium) will be $1500.
Per Nevada State Law 697.300a, the 15% bail bonds premium is non-refundable.
Because the bail premium is a fixed percentage set by the state, all bail bonds agents acting in accordance with the law will charge the same amount. In almost all cases where a bail bonds agent offers a reduced rate, that agent is not a licensed bail bondsman or is acting deceptively. For your own protection, and the protection of the defendant, it is always recommended to avoid these scenarios. Las Vegas Bail Bonds agents are fully licensed, and offer professional, friendly service to each and every client. We aim to provide a stress free experience to our clients so you can rest assured knowing your premium is being put to good use. Las Vegas Bail Bonds will always do our best to work with clients regarding payment options that best suit their needs.
If a defendant misses a court date a warrant will be issued for their arrest. If a court date was missed because the defendant merely forgot to show, they can typically have their attorney file a motion to squash the warrant.
A cosigner is a bail bond indemnitor and is fully responsible that the defendant show up to their established court date.
If the defendant misses their court date an arrest warrant is issued. If the arrest warrant is not handled in a timely manner by the defendant’s attorney, a bounty hunter will be retained to return the defendant into the custody of the courts. The cosigner will then be responsible for all applicable fees associated with this additional process.
A bail bond is exonerated when the trial is over. The verdict or outcome of the trial does not matter, the bail bond is discharged at this point. Any premiums or service charges charged by the bail bond service provider are still owed.
A forfeiture occurs when the defendant fails to appear in court. At this point a warrant is issued for their arrest.
The bail amount is not designed to punish the accused, it is chosen based on a number of factors. These include the severity of the crime, the defendant’s past criminal history, and the likeliness of the defendant to appear in court on the scheduled date. These factors are all taken into consideration by the court when deciding on the bail amount.
A bail bond indemnitor is the cosigner for the bail bond. The indemnitor is responsible for seeing that all premium and costs are paid for a defendant’s bail bond.
No, the 15% premium is the fee the bail bondsman charges for their services.
By law if the defendant has successfully shown up for all court dates, both the Indemnitor and the Defendant are “off the bond” and should receive in return all collateral that was used to secure the bond beyond the premium. However, the 15% premium is not returned.
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