One of the most stressful phone calls you will ever receive is the one you where you find out a loved one has been arrested. Enterprise residents who find themselves in this type of situation can call the bail agents at Express Bail Bonds. They offer fast, professional service and understand the need for complete confidentiality. An agent is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year to answer your call and put your mind at ease. When you have questions, they have answers!
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Arrests don't occur on schedule. They can happen any time of the day or night. Immediately after an arrest occurs, the defendant will be taken to the nearest jail where they will be booked and processed. They will be fingerprinted and photographed and their identity will be verified. A criminal background check will be performed to determine if there are any outstanding warrants. During this time, they will be formally charged and a bail amount will be set.
For most misdemeanors, bail is set according to a pre-determined bond schedule that has been approved by local judges. If the crime is more severe, the defendant may have to wait until they can appear in front of a judge for an arraignment hearing. In this case, the bail amount may be considerably higher requiring the services of a bail agent licensed and bonded in the state of Nevada.
The Bail Bonds Process
As soon as charges have been filed and bail has been set, you can contact the bail agents at Express Bail Bonds and start the application process. You will be required to fill out an application and secure the bond with a 15% premium. The premium amount is set by the state and cannot be negotiated. It is also non-refundable. The premium can be paid by cash, credit card, check, money order, etc. If the amount is rather large and you meet the qualifications, you may be able to finance the premium.
As soon as the premium has been paid, the bail agent will be off to the jail to post bond and pick up your loved one. Depending on the time of day and the number of staff on hand at the jail, it can take from two to eight hours to complete the release process. Every jail is different and if it happens to be a holiday, it can take longer to process the defendant for release.
There cases in which you can post bail without being taken into custody. If you learn you have an outstanding warrant, you can contact the bail agents of Express Bail Bonds, complete the application and pay the 15% premium. They can go with you to the jail and as you are being processed, post your bond. This means no time behind bars and more time to try and resolve your situation. The same rights and responsibilities apply in this case as with traditional bail bonds.
Your Rights and Responsibilities
Both defendants and co-signers have rights and responsibilities that are part of the bail bonds process. As a defendant, your primary obligation is to check in on a regular basis (normally once or twice a week) and to appear in court at all of your scheduled hearings. You will also be required to inform both the courts and the bail agent of any changes in address, phone number, or employment. When the bail agent picks you up from the jail, they will talk to you in depth about the court's requirements for your release and what you have to do to remain in compliance while you are out on bail.
As a co-signer, you also have rights and responsibilities. If you are posting the bond, you are making yourself responsible for the entire amount of the bond if the defendant fails to appear. While most people who choose to post a bond, don't have any issues with the defendant following through with their obligations, there are times when things don't go as planned.
If at any time, you begin to doubt that the defendant will fulfill their end of the bargain, you can contact the bail agent and revoke their bond. If this is the case and the bond is revoked or forfeited, the judge will issue a warrant and the defendant will be returned to the jail. Once they are in custody, your obligation to cover the bond ceases.
Fulfilling Your Obligations
As a defendant who has the ability to post bond, you must be willing to fulfill your obligations. This involves not only appearing for all scheduled hearings but also complying with other requirements the court may have. This can include:
- Not leaving the area
- Updating any changes in contact information and employment
- Checking in with the courts and the bail bonds agency once or twice a week
- Avoid additional arrests or charges
- Submit to random drug tests (normally only required in cases involving drugs or alcohol)
If you don't appear for your court hearing or fail to remain in compliance, the court may choose to forfeit your bond which will result in you being arrested and returned to jail. Things do happen, however. If you accidentally miss your court date, contact the courts and your bail agent immediately. Your court date will be rescheduled.
If you fulfill your obligations to the court, your bond will be released as soon as your court case has bee finalized. Normally this occurs at sentencing or if the charges are dismissed. The bond will be released and the co-signer will no longer be obligated in any way. As a defendant, you will be responsible for any court costs, fees, and restitution if any is owed to the courts. In some cases, this will be taken out of any funds that are leftover after the bond has been released. If you have any questions about your release or what you any requirements you may have towards your bond, talk the to courts or your bail bond agent. If any funds are to be returned to the co-signer, it can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days for the money to be released.
Contact Our Enterprise Bail Bonds Near You
If you live in the Enterprise, Nevada and find out a loved one has been arrested, your first phone call should be to Express Bail Bonds. Their licensed and bonded bail bond agents have the experience and know how to resolve the situation so that you and your loved one can relax and get back on track. Call 702-633-2245 to find out how they can help. A staff member is always available any time of the day or night so you don't have to wait for the answers you need.