Q. I was bailed out a couple months ago after I was arrested on felony DUi charges. The bail bonds fee was pretty high so my wife and I opted for a monthly payment plan. We just had a baby (she’s currently out on maternity leave) and I was recently laid off from my job, so money is pretty tight and we’ve fallen behind on some of our bail bonds payments. The bondsman is now calling me saying that if I don’t pay up by the end of the week he’s going to put me back in jail. Is this allowed?
A. This type of practice is called extortion and it’s is absolutely prohibited by law. If you fall behind on your bail bonds payment plan, the Nevada bondsman has a couple of different options. One, they can start calling on the other cosigners on the bail bond and can try to collect payment from them. Two, they can start a collections action and report the delinquency to the credit bureaus, which will ding your credit score. Third, they can take the matter to small claims court to try to get a court order that would allow them to garnish your paycheck. They are not, however, allowed to scoop you up and throw you back in jail.
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