What is a bail bond and how do bail bonds work?
A bail bond essentially acts as an insurance policy whereby the bail bond company guarantees to the court that the person obtaining the bail bond will make all of their required appearances. If the individual appears in court as ordered, then the bail bond is never in jeopardy. However, if the individual fails to appear, the bail bond company is notified of this by the court. At that time, the bail bond company must surrender that individual back into custody. If the bail bond company fails to surrender that person back into custody, then they are forced to pay the entire amount of the bail bond to the court.
What do bail bonds cost?
The cost of a bail bond is 15% which again is required by Nevada law.There are occasions however where 2 Amigos Bail Bonds issue our customers a percentage of credit in an effort to work with them through their economic hardships.
What should be done if an individual misses a court appearance?
If an individual misses court for any reason you must contact us immediately. We have valuable information which, most of the time, will allow you to get your bail bond reinstated. It is our objective to keep you out of jail and on bail throughout your entire court proceedings.
How will I know when the terms of my bail bond are completed?
Upon completion of your case the judge will “exonerate” your bail bond in open court. At this point, the bail bond is no longer active.
Frequently asked questions
Do I get my bail money back when the case is over?
The answer is "No". Not if you go through a bondsman. When you pay a bondsman, you're paying him a percentage of the total bail to secure your release from jail. The bondsman gets you out of jail by delivering to the jail a written promise (a bond) that he will pay the full amount of the bond if you miss court and can't be found within a certain amount of time. Are bail bonds refunded? You only get your money back if you put up the entire amount of bail yourself, then wait for the bail to be "exonerated", which basically means that the defendant has showed up to court when he was supposed to, that the case is over and the money is no longer subject to forfeiture. There are some major drawbacks to putting up the money yourself rather than going through a bail bondsman. You have to pay a lot more money
How is the bail set?
Bail is set in court by the judge based on a number of factors, but it usually takes at least 72 hours (3 business days) to get into court if you don't bail out before this first court appearance. Your first court appearance, you have the option of paying "standard bail." Standard bail is set as soon as you get booked into jail. If you get booked into CCDC, you will see these charges (along with the standard bail for each) on your "Temporary Custody Record." For example, let's say you get arrested in Las Vegas and booked into CCDCon charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (a category D felony). Standard bail for this felony charge is $5,000. You now have two basic options. You can either wait until the first court appearance (which takes several days) or you can bail out. If you wait until your 72 hour hearing, it may be that the District Attorney does not have a complaint ready and you may be ordered released. But you will wait at least 3 business days in jail. This means weekends don't count. The premium on a $5,000 total bail is $750.
Bail Bond Services
Felony bail bond
- A felony charge is a serious matter and bail is set high. A felony bail bond is when someone accused of a felony charge pays a set amount of money in order to be released from jail. Under the conditions of bail, the accused agrees to appear in court each time he or she is summoned.The accused suspect may need to appear in court for a preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, and the trial itself. Felony Bail Bonds will be forfeited if the accused fails to appear in court when requested. If you or someone you know has been arrested in Nevada contact 2 Amigos Bail Bonds!
Warrant bail bond
- A warrant bail bond is when a warrant has been issued for your arrest and you obtain a bail bond. Under the conditions of the bond the person who the warrant was issued for agrees to appear in court every time he or she is required. If the person the warrant has been issued for does not appear in court then Warrant Bail Bonds will be lost.
Domestic violence bail bond
- Domestic Violence Bail Bonds are needed in the event that you or a loved one is arrested for domestic violence. The judge sets the amount of bail that is required to be released from police custody. In this situation, the suspect agrees to appear in court when he or she is requested to by a judge. Should you or a loved one fail to appear in court during the scheduled hearing, your Domestic Violence Bail Bonds will be forfeited!
Misdemeanor bail bond
- When accused of a misdemeanor an individual may need to secure misdemeanor bail bonds. Typically a misdemeanor is sent to the accused by the prosecutor’s office and requests the individuals to appear in court. During the arraignment, the accused may be required to obtain misdemeanor bail bonds in order not to have to spend the time between the arraignment and the hearing in jail. Bail helps to ensure that the person accused of a crime appears in court when request.
DUI bail bond
- A DUI Bail Bond is when someone who was arrested for DUI pays a set amount to be released from police custody. Under the conditions of being released the suspect agrees to appear in court ever time he or she is summoned to appear in court which includes arraignment, a preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, and the trial. In the event that the person fails to appear in court when scheduled, DUI Bail Bonds will be forfeited. If you have been arrested for a DUI, 2 Amigos Bail Bonds in Las Vegas can help with DUI Bail Bonds!
Drug bail bond
- In the event that an individual is charged with drug possession such as having marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin, he or she will be arraigned and the bail bond requirements will be set. Bail must be paid in order for the individual to be released from custody. Under the conditions of bail the suspect agrees to appear in court ever time the judge request him or her. In the case that the person charged with drug possession fails to appear in court the drug bail bonds will be forfeited in Las Vegas.
What does it mean when a bond is exonerated?
A bail bond is exonerated when the legal process/trial has finished. It does not matter whether the defendant is found guilty/innocent or if the case has been dismissed. At this point, the bail bond is discharged. However, any unpaid premium, fees or other amounts charged by the bail service provider are still owed.
What is a reinstatement?
This is a process by which a defendant who has failed to appear in court can have their bench warrant removed and the bail bond re-activated or “reinstated” with the court. The defendant, working with bail bonds company, will report back to the court which allows the court to set a new court date for the defendant. This proceeding may result in additional fees to the defendant/co-signer.