f you’re like most people, you’ve never needed to know anything about bail or bail bonds. You may also be surprised to learn that the terms aren’t interchangeable. The two often go hand-in-hand but there are key differences between them.
Let’s start with bail.
When someone is arrested, they’re taken to the jail to be booked and processed; during this time the jailer will cross-check the offense the defendant has been charged with against the county bail schedule. This document tells the jailer the bail amount that corresponds with the booking charge. Driving on a suspended license, for example, usually links to a bail amount of $35,000.
If the defendant wants to be released from custody while they’re waiting for their case to be decided by the court, they’ll need to post bail. They can do this in one of two ways; one, they can have someone bring $35,000 in cash down to the jail. The county will assume whoever put the cash up is going to want it back and as long as the defendant goes to court and finishes their case, the funds will be refunded to the person who put them up.
Most people don’t have the ability to pull tens of thousands of dollars out of a bank account—and this is where bail bonds come into play.
A bail bond is a piece of paper that is posted at the jail by a licensed Nevada bail bondsman. You can think of a bail bond as a guarantee because it promises the jail that if the defendant is released pending court, they’ll appear before the judge when they’re supposed to. If the defendant decides to skip bail, or flee in hopes of evading prosecution, the bondsman agrees to pay the full bail amount (in this case, $35,000) to the court as a penalty.
Every time a bondsman in Nevada posts bail bonds they take on a certain amount of liability which is why they charge a non-refundable fee for this service. Nevada law is 15% of the Bail amount, which in this case would be $5,250.00.
If you need help getting someone out of one of the Nevada jails, or any other Jails throughout the States. VEGAS BAIL can post Bail in most any state.or if you have additional questions about the difference between bail and bail bonds, call our office today to speak with a licensed jail bonds agent in your area.
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