A bail bond in Las Vegas is money that a bondsman pays a Nevada court to release a defendant after arrest. People who cannot afford to pay bail themselves can hire a bondsman, generally for 15% of the bail amount. The bondsman pays the full amount ("posts bond") to the court.1
The trade-off of using Las Vegas bail bonds is that the person who hires the bondsman never gets that 15% back. When the case ends and the court returns ("exonerates") the bail, it all goes to the bondsman.2
In this article, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys discuss:
- 1. How can I bail a person out of jail in Nevada?
- 2. How is the amount of bail determined?
- 3. Is it possible to get bail reduced?
- 4. How does a person get an OR release?
- 5. What happens if a person violates bail conditions?
- 6. What happens if a person makes bail but fails to show up for court?
- 7. Bail procedures for jails in Clark County
1. How can I bail a person out of jail in Nevada?
First contact the jail for the most up-to-date information on how and where to post bail. Inmates are usually released within a few hours of payment.
If the bail amount is too high, contact a bail bondsman. Las Vegas bail bonds are big business. Bondsmen usually have their offices within walking distance of the court and jail.
2. How is the amount of bail determined?
Each court has a schedule that matches a particular offense to a specific bail amount. The more serious the crime, the higher the bail. The judge has some discretion to modify these set amounts.3
Sometimes judges refuse to grant bail at all. This typically occurs in homicide cases or when the defendant is a flight- or safety risk. Then the defendant remains in custody pending the outcome of the case.
3. Is it possible to get bail reduced?
It is possible. The defense attorney can always request a bail hearing.
Bail hearings are like mini-trials where both sides can present evidence and arguments. The defense would argue for reducing or eliminating bail. And the prosecutors would argue to maintain or increase the bail.
Finally, the judge will make a decision. If the judge holds firm, the defendant can always request another hearing down the line.
Note that Las Vegas bail bondsmen are not attorneys. They may not ask for bail hearings and reductions. Only defendants and their lawyers may do this.
4. How does a person get an OR release?
Judges decide whether or not to grant OR release. OR is short for own recognizance. It is when the judge releases defendants from jail without them having to put up any bail. They just have to promise to show up to future court appearances.
Sometimes judges grant OR release without being asked to. In other cases, the defense counsel has to request OR release.4
Defendants facing minor charges and with no other criminal history are more likely to get OR release. Obviously, people granted OR release do not need Las Vegas bail bonds.
5. What happens if a person violates bail conditions?
Judges have the discretion to offer defendants a second chance to stay out on bond.
Otherwise, the judge may order that the defendant be taken into custody for the duration of the case. And the court keeps the bond money forever. This is called bail forfeiture.5
If the defendant was out on a Las Vegas bail bond - and the judge revokes it - the bondsman will not get that money back from the court. This means the bondsman can take any collateral that was put up to secure the Las Vegas bail bond.
6. What happens if a person makes bail but fails to show up for court?
The defense attorney can file a motion to quash the warrant. Then the judge would hold a hearing to decide whether the warrant stands. Judges usually agree to quash (recall) warrants if it was the first-time the defendant missed court.
Acceptable forms of payment depend on the facility and criminal charge.
For cases in Las Vegas Justice Court, go to the Pretrial Services window at the CCDC. It is located at 330 S. Casino Center Blvd. It is open 24/7.
For cases in Clark County District Court, go to the Regional Justice Center, 3rd floor. Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The address is 200 Lewis Ave. After business hours, go to the CCDC.
There is a $10,000 limit on cash and Visa and MasterCard. Cash must be in the exact amount. CCDC also accepts money orders and cashier's checks. There is a $50 filing fee on all Las Vegas bail bonds.
Call Pretrial Services at (702) 455-3462 for more information. Also see our article on posting bond at the CCDC.
Go to the Las Vegas City Jail at 3200 Stewart Ave. It is open 24/7. They accept cash (exact amount), Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Not American Express.
Call the jail for more information at (702) 229-6460. Also see our article on posting bond at the Las Vegas City Jail.
Go to Henderson Court at 243 S. Water Street. Business hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM. After business hours, go to the bail gate off S. Texas Ave.
If the charge is in Municipal Court, call 702-633-1130. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Municipal Court is located at 2332 Las Vegas Boulevard, Suite 100.
If the charge is in Justice Court, call 702-455-7802. Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Justice Court is located at 2428 Martin Luther King Boulevard.
NLV Jail inmates are currently being housed in Las Vegas City Jail.
Call the Mesquite Jail at (702) 346-6925 for more information. Also see our article on posting bond at the Mesquite Jail.
After hours, post bail at the CCDC in Las Vegas. It is at 330 South Casino Center Drive.
Call the Laughlin police at (702) 298-2223 for more information. Also see our article on posting bond at the Laughlin Jail.
Call a Nevada criminal defense attorney...
If you or a loved one is in custody, call our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to discuss the case for free. We may be able to the bail lowered or secure an OR release.
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- NRS 697.300.
- NRS 178.522.
- NRS 178.484; see, e.g., Las Vegas Justice Court bail schedule.
- NRS 178.4851; NRS 178.4853.
NRS 178.484; State v. Stu's Bail Bonds, 991 P.2d 469, 115 Nev. 436 (1999); see also AB 38 (2017).
- NRS 178.4851.