If your loved one has been arrested in Las Vegas, they may have contacted you and asked you to bail them out of jail. Bailing someone out of jail is not inexpensive. It can cost several hundred or several thousand dollars depending on how much your loved one’s bail amount is and whether you post bond yourself or use a bail bonds company. As such, you may find yourself wondering if bail is ever refundable. Here is some information you need to know about bail bonds being refundable in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Reasons People Think Bail Should Be Refunded
There are a number of reasons why people feel that they may be entitled to have bail refunded to them after bail has been posted. You or your loved one may have had the charges dropped against them, you may have been found not guilty of the crime you were charged with, you may have been rearrested on new charges, your bail may have been revoked by either the bail bonds company or the courts, or your bail may have been increased due to failure to appears and you may be unable to afford the new bail. When you are facing one or more of these situations, you may think that bail should be refunded to you or wonder if it should be refunded. Unfortunately, whether or not bail can be refunded varies based on how your bail was paid.
When Posting Bail Yourself
When you are bailing a loved one out of jail, one of the options you have is to post bond with the jails or the court, depending on where your loved one is being detained. If they are being detained at the Las Vegas City Jail, you post bail directly at the jail bail window, located at 3300 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101. If your loved one is being held at the Clark County Detention Center, you can post bond at either the Regional Justice Center or the Clark County Detention Center, depending on what time of day it is.
When you post bail on behalf of your loved one yourself, you are required to pay the full bond amount. For example, if bail is set at $5,000, you will have to give the jail or the court the full $5,000 to post bail on behalf of your loved one. Once your loved one’s situation comes to an end, you will receive the full bail amount back, regardless of the outcome. So, if your loved one is found guilty of the crime, you get bail back. If charges are dropped, you get bail back. As long as your loved one does not run while they are out on bail, you will always get your bail amount back when you have posted bail yourself.
When Using a Bail Bonds Company
If your loved one is arrested, the other option for bailing them out of jail is to use a bail bonds company. In the state of Nevada, a bail bonds company can charge you no more than and no less than 15 percent of the bail amount to post a bail bond on behalf of your loved one. So, if bail was set at $5,000 for your loved one, you would pay a bail bonds company $750 to post the bail and free your loved one. This is a great option for those who do not have thousands of dollars lying around.
The one major difference between posting bail yourself and using a bail bonds company is that bail is never returned to you for any reason if you use a bail bonds company. When you use a bail bonds company you are paying them to post bail on behalf of your loved one. That is a service they are providing. If your loved one’s charges are dropped, the bail company still posted bond for you and still gets paid their money. If your loved one has their bond revoked, the bail company is still entitled to their money because they still posted bond. Bond is never refundable when you use a bail bonds company.
Are you looking to use a bail bonds company to bail your loved one out of jail? If so, you need to understand that once bail is posted, it is not refundable for any reason. If your loved one has been arrested in Clark County, Nevada, Lightning Bail can help you to get them out as quickly as possible. Contact us today to arrange for us to bail your loved one out of jail.