Las VEgas Bail Lawyer

WHAT IS BAIL?

In general, bail is an amount of money posted to guarantee that someone will appear in court.  If the accused fails to show up for court, the court keeps the bail money.  Bail can be posted in full in cash or with a credit card.  Alternatively, you can hire a bail bondsman who charges you a non-refundable fee (usually 15%) of the total bail.  Further, the bondsman may require collateral, such as a house or car, to post bail for you or someone else.

FACTS ABOUT BAIL

IF YOU GO THROUGH A BONDSMAN:

  1. If you go through a bail bondsman to post your bail, he keeps the money (generally 15%) that you paid him;
  2. If you post bail with a bondsman, he will not refund your fee even if charges are never filed;
  3. If you are out on bail and miss your court date, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest;  Your OWN bail bondsman could send a bounty hunter to find and arrest you;
  4. A bondsman cannot give you legal advice.

IF YOU HIRE AN ATTORNEY:

  1. You may not need to post bail.  We may be able to obtain an O/R release.  This means that you can be released without posting any money.  This can be done on the weekend, and a court appearance is not always required.  If you were hiring an attorney anyway, why not hire one now and save bondsman fees?
  2. If we cannot obtain an O/R release, we can file a motion to lower the bail to a reasonable amount;
  3. If you have already posted bail, We can make a motion at any time to have your bail exonerated.  This means that the judge can release the funds posted for your bail at your first court appearance;
  4. We go to court for you to make sure that the judge doesn’t RAISE your bail;
  5. We work for you, with you, and ONLY in your best interest.

IF YOU ARE CALLING ABOUT AN O/R RELEASE, PLEASE HAVE THE ANSWERS TO SOME OR ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS:

Some things a court will consider in deciding whether to release someone without bail (O/R release) are:

  1. How long has the accused lived in the area;
  2. Length and type of employment;
  3. Family ties to the community;
  4. Character and reputation;
  5. Mental condition;
  6. Whether there are responsible people in the community who can vouch for him;
  7.  The crime he is charged with and whether he is likely to be convicted;
  8. Whether he is a danger to the victim of the crime or other people;
  9. Whether he is likely to commit more crimes if he is released;
  10. Any other factor to show he may fail to appear in court.







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