When someone close to you is arrested and put in jail, it can feel like the world is falling apart. What can you do to help them? One of the first things you can do is post bail as soon as the court sets the amount. If your friend or family member can stay out of jail until his court hearings, he can work with a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney to get his charges dropped, hopefully before the legal proceedings really get started.
How Does Bail Work?
The court is usually willing to let someone stay out of jail until his scheduled court dates, but it must have a way to make sure that he will actually come to those dates and not simply leave town. So, the court allows someone else to “post bail” for the accused person—that is, leave a sizable deposit of money with the court that he will only get back after the individual has appeared at every court date and the legal process is complete. From the different jails’ bail schedules, you can get an idea of how much bail will be for certain crimes, but judges do have the liberty to refuse to grant bail if they have reason to believe that the person will be a danger to the community or is likely to run off for good. The bail schedules are available on each jail’s website (listed at the end of this post).
How do I Post Bail for Someone?
Your friend is counting on you to come through with the bail money—what do you do? If you can get the money together yourself, just leave it in the form of cash, a check, or a money order. At the Clark County Detention Center and the Las Vegas Jail, you can actually charge the bail to a credit card up to $3,000. If you don’t have the money on hand—which is the more likely scenario—there are bail bondsman service which will put up the bail money for you. You have to pay for this service, but the fee will be much lower than the actual bail amount.
Specifics of Posting Bail
Beyond those basics, you need to communicate with the specific detention center to find out exactly where and how to post bail for someone. A Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer is the best person to help you with this, since he will know all the policies and how to get the job done as quickly as possible. Here is the information you need to contact the three main facilities in Las Vegas:
Clark County Detention Center: Between 8 and 5 on weekdays, post bail at the Regional Justice Center (200 Lewis Ave.). Any other time, go to the Detention Center.
At each of these facilities, bail posting is available in person at a walk-up window 24 hours a day. Please feel free to contact us for more information and how we can help.