* This article is not intended as advice for your specific matter. Rather, it is a general article about Nevada law. If you have questions about your particular case, please call Mueller, Hinds and Associates, Chtd. immediately at (702) 940-1234. This information is valid as of July 24, 2017.
How to get out of Jail in Las Vegas
Do you have a loved one stuck in jail? This article will explain how to get him or her out and what you should do next to get started.
What is bail? Understanding the terminology is the first step. Bail is an amount of money that is given to the court to ensure that the defendant comes back to court rather than fleeing. That bail may be “posted” in cash or through a bail bondsman.
What is a bail bond? A bail bond is posted by a bail bondsman in the amount of the bail set by the court. The business related to bail bonds are regulated by Chapter 697 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. The bondsman is paid a non-refundable fee of 15% of the bond amount and the bond is posted. Within 24 hours, the defendant is released by the jail.
If the person does not appear for court when they're supposed to, the court issues a warrant. Once a warrant is issued, the bondsman only gets his bond back if he's able to arrest the defendant before law enforcement does.
How does the court set the amount of the bail? The amount of the bail is set by the court and depends on the type of the offense(s) charged, the defendant's criminal record, failures to appear in court before and ties to the community. Many courts use a standard bail schedule as a starting point, but also look to the factors for release without bail which are laid out in Nevada Revised Statutes 178.4853 and include employment history, the time living in the community, familial relationships, etc.
Should I post bail or hire an attorney first? The first priority of most defendants is getting out of jail by posting bail. However, hiring an attorney first will generally save money because an attorney can file a motion to reduce the bail after gathering the information the court needs to make an informed decision. An attorney will look at the discovery provided by the State and show the court the problems and holes in the State's case, collect information from the family relating to the ties to the community and review the defendant's criminal record.
Do you have a loved one in jail? Contact the attorneys at Mueller Hinds & Associates for a free consultation. We are experienced, aggressive and results oriented.