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How Does A Jail Decide Where To Set Bail Bonds?

Last updated 2 years ago

Several years ago one of our agents received a call from a concerned father who was trying to arrange bail bonds for his son and daughter in law.

The pair had been arrested while traveling in California and his son’s bail bonds had been set much higher than his daughter in law. The caller asked if this had anything to do with gender. Would her bail bonds have been set lower because she’s a mom?

That’s not exactly how it works.

When someone is arrested they’ll be taken to the jail and the jailer will cross-check their charges against a document known as the county bail schedule. The bail schedule is something that is set each year by a panel of judges; they look at all the different felony and misdemeanor charges and decide which bail amounts should link to which offense.

A serious violent felony, for example, will have a much higher associated bail bonds amount than a low-level misdemeanor (like being drunk in public.)

During this particular call, we learned the pair had been arrested after a DUI car crash. The husband had been drinking and he was the one who was behind the wheel at the time the incident took place. His wife was arrested on drug possession charges. Since his crime was deemed to be much more serious of an offense than his wife’s, his bail bonds were set at more than $100,000. Her bail bonds, on the other hand, were set at $10,000.

For more information on how bail works, how bail amounts or set or what you need to do when someone is arrested, call our office today to speak with a licensed Nevada bail bondsman you can trust. Call VEGAS BAIL 



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