The Las Vegas bail bond system exists so that accused criminal defendants may be released from jail while awaiting their trial date. Once called a surety bond, the bail bond is a monetary guarantee that a defendant will appear in court as ordered. The accused or friends or relatives of the accused can acquire a bond from a bondsman or bonds company.
The process of securing a Las Vegas Bail Bonds starts by contacting a certified company. However, the process can’t begin until the arrest and booking procedures are completed. This is because it is during this phase that the bond amount is set. The amount of time that it will take for the booking and bond setting process to happen depends largely upon the size of the jail and how busy the jail is processing other individuals at the time.
Once the booking process is complete and bail is set, the bail bonds company collects basic information about the person being detained for a crime, including the charges, how long the detainee has been in jail, length of time at current residence, employment information, and other details that help the agent determine if the risk of issuing a bail bond for the detainee is viable for the business.
Assuming the company decides to underwrite the bail, the accused, or the accused representative will be required to complete and sign a bail bond application, indemnity agreement. as well as a receipt for the bond. Once the initial paperwork is complete and approved, the licensed bond agent posts the required bail at the jail or detention facility where the accused is being held. By issuing the bail bond, the agency officially accepts responsibility for making sure that the defendant appears in court as scheduled.
To cover the cost of the bail itself, the bonding agent takes out a security against the defendant’s assets. In situations where the accused does not have sufficient assets, securities may be taken out against the assets of friends or family who have agreed to assist in guaranteeing the bond. It is important to note that when friends and relatives are involved, they are expected to know where the defendant can be found in the event that he or she “skips” bail in Las Vegas.
In exchange for underwriting the bond, the bonding agency charges a fee that is generally about 10 percent of the required bail amount. This fee is typically nonrefundable, even if the case against the accused is dismissed after bond is posted.
Unfortunately there are cases where the defendant does not appear in Las Vegas court as ordered. When this happens, the bail agency often uses a bounty hunter to locate the defendant to have him or her taken back into custody. The company may also choose to sue the defendant, or the defendant’s friends and relatives who helped to guarantee the bond, to recoup the money that was paid to the court to secure the defendant’s release. Repayment may come in the form of cash, but it can also be made by seizure of the assets used to secure the bail bond.