Bail Bonds FAQs

Understanding the bail process is not always easy. Lightning Bail is here to answer all of your bail questions. If you do not find the answer to your question below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How much does bail bonds cost?

Fees for bonds are determined by state regulations. Consult a bonding agent to determine the value of your bond and the fees associated with it. You can also learn more about potential bail bonds costs on our blog.

How can I pay?

Cash, Credit Card or Money Order. You can also pay for a bail bonds online.

How long does it take for a defendant to get out of jail?

It literally takes us minutes to create the bond. And due to our close proximity to the sheriff’s office, we can deliver the bond to the jail almost immediately. However, we cannot predict how busy the jail will be and it may take some time for the jail to process the bond. We tell our clients that on an average, the discharge takes between 3-4 hours.

Do I need collateral?

Depending on the value of your bond, you may need to put up some collateral. We can work with you to determine something appropriate. Your collateral will be returned once the defendant shows up for his or her court date.

What happens if I miss my court date?

It is your responsibility to check with the district attorney’s office to see when you are on the court docket. It is very important that you show up in court. Contracts are signed indicating that you will not miss your court date. If you do miss your court date, penalty fees begin to accrue. You should take action immediately. Contact your bail bondsman and / or your attorney. This may prevent the need to post another bond.

What are my rights to bail?

Under current law, a defendant has an absolute right to bail if the custody time limits have expired and otherwise ordinarily a right to bail unless there is sufficient reason not to grant it. Any person accused of committing a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Therefore a person charged with a crime, should not be denied freedom unless there is a good reason. The main reasons for refusing bail are that the defendant is accused of an imprison-able offence and there are substantial grounds for believing that the defendant would:

  1. Abscond, or
  2. Commit further offences while still on bail, or
  3. Interfere with witnesses.

The court should take into account:

  1. The nature and seriousness of the offence or default (and the probable method of dealing with the defendant for it),
  2. The character, antecedents, associations and community ties of the defendant,
  3. The defendant’s bail record, and
  4. The strength of the evidence.

The court may also refuse bail:

  • For the defendant’s own protection;
  • where the defendant is already serving a custodial sentence for another offence;
  • where the court is satisfied that it has not been practicable to obtain sufficient information;
  • where the defendant has already absconded in the present proceedings;
  • where the defendant has been convicted but the court is awaiting a pre-sentence report, other report or inquiry and it would be impracticable to complete the inquiries or make the report without keeping the defendant in custody;
  • where the defendant is charged with a non-imprisonable offence, has already been released on bail for the offence with which he is now accused, and has been arrested for absconding or breaching bail.

Where the accused has previous convictions for certain homicide or sexual offences, the burden of proof is on the defendant to rebut a presumption against bail.

What are my responsibilities of a co-signer?

Cosigner, someone willing to sign for the defendant, is responsible for the following three things:

  1. To make sure the defendant makes all appearances to court
  2. To make sure the defendant notifies Lightning Bail Bonds of changes to their address, phone or employment
  3. To make sure the premium is paid (if applicable)

Learn more about the responsibilities of a co-signer for bail bonds in Las Vegas.

What are the benefits of bailing someone out of jail?

Here are several benefits to consider:

  1. Defendants can go back to work, school, home, family, and continue with usual daily life.
  2. Permits the unhampered preparation of a defense.
  3. Serves to prevent the infliction of punishment prior to conviction.

See more benefits of bailing someone out in Las Vegas.

What are the conditions of bail?

Conditions may be applied to the grant of bail, such as living at a particular address or having someone act as surety, if the court considers that this is necessary:
  •  To prevent the defendant absconding;
  •  To prevent the defendant committing further offences whilst on bail;
  •  To prevent the defendant interfering with witnesses; or
  •  for the defendant’s own protection (or if he is a child or young person, for his own welfare or in  his own interests).

Learn more about the conditions of bail bonds in Las Vegas.

What do I need to bail someone out of jail?

 In addition to the bond fee, there are two things that a cosigner needs to bail someone out of jail:

Valid State ID

  1. Employment History

Read more here.

What factors affect how much your bail bond is set at?

Bail is designed to help individuals who have been arrested get out of jail until their trial comes to a close. But, at the same time, the amount of bail that is posted is supposed to be a large enough deterrent to prevent the individual from fleeing and instead, force them to go to court.

Read more here.

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