If you or a loved one has been arrested on DUI charges in Las Vegas or anywhere in Nevada, you will be facing serious charges and harsh sentences that could have long-term repercussions in your life. To get out of jail fast and prepare a solid defense, you will likely need to take out a bail bond. But first, you should know the basics on how DUI bail bonds work in Nevada.
How Much Does a DUI Bail Bond Cost?
In Nevada, there are four classes of DUIs, which differ greatly in both their sentencing elements and bail amounts. First-time and second offenses are charged as misdemeanors and, therefore, have lower bail amounts (generally less than $5,000). Third-time offenses and DUIs that led to an auto accident and/or "substantial bodily harm" being inflicted on another are dealt with as felonies and will usually have bail set at $10,000 or higher.
The Nevada Department of Insurance sets the rates that all state-licensed bail bonds agencies must adhere to, though lower rates may be permissible in exceptional cases. A non-refundable premium of 15% of the full bail amount is the standard fee you should expect to pay.
How Does the Bail Bonds Process Work?
The first step is to contact a licensed bail bonds service and provide basic facts such as the name and permanent address of the inmate. If, however, you lack certain information, such as the name/location of the jail, the bail bonds agent can look this up for you. The paperwork can be finished in less than 30 minutes, and once booking is complete and the bond has been secured, the bail agent will post the bail.
Bailed out defendants must agree to appear for all of their scheduled court dates to avoid rearrest and forfeiture of the bail bond, but once released, they are free to hire an attorney and prepare for their arraignment.
What to Do After Your Releasea
Although a good bail bonds service will use their intimate knowledge of the process to minimize your jail stay, it could still be hours-long depending on how busy jail staff are and on how long a particular jail's booking and release processes take. Another factor relates to when bail can be posted: at the Las Vegas City Jail, for example, agents can post bail for you any time of day, but at the Clark County Jail, bail-posting hours are restricted to between 8am and 12 midnight.
While arrestees have a Constitutional right to non-excessive bail, except in capital cases or in instances of high flight risk, those out on bond also have responsibilities. First, you must punctually attend all scheduled court hearings or face the following consequences:
- Forfeiture of the bail bond, permanently if the judge opts not to reinstate it once you show up for court
- Being declared a fugitive from justice and facing rearrest by a bounty hunter hired by your bail bonds agent
- Ineligibility to be bailed out again after your rearrest, and likely ineligibility if later arrested on other charges
Be aware that various restrictions may apply between your release and the conclusion of your case, some based on state or county law and others based on the bail bonds contract, including:
- You must not cross the Nevada state line, and in some cases, even county lines while out on bail.
- You must keep in regular contact with your bail agent and update him/her on any changes to your contact information, address, and place of employment.
- You must not commit another crime, such as driving on a DUI-suspended license, or face forfeiture of your bond.
Contact Express Bail Bonds today at 702-633-2245 to discuss your case with an experienced bail bonds agent and to get yourself or your loved one out of jail today.