Is Everyone Entitled to Bail in Nevada?


business crime concept with handcuffs and dollarWhether you’ve been arrested under NRS 200.280 for mayhem or for violating NRS 200.380 for robbery, you’re probably wondering what to do next. You’re in police custody and you can’t help but think about how to get back home as quickly as possible.

In Nevada most people are able to get out of police custody by posting bail. The courts require the posting of bail as an assurance that the defendant will actually show up for their date in court. Most people in police custody are eligible for posting bail and getting out of jail until their trial date. However, there are exceptions to this.

NRS 178.484 spells out the conditions under which a person may be granted or denied bail in Nevada. A person who is accused of capital murder and may be facing life in prison without the possibility of parole is not entitled to bail under state law. This makes it sound like people who are accused of almost any other crime are eligible for bail. However, that may not be the case if a person commits an offense while they are already on parole or probation for an earlier offense.

Because NRS 178.484 is complicated, it’s important to have a competent, experienced Nevada criminal defense lawyer on your side. The practitioners at Potter Criminal Defense offer compassionate, sensible legal services right when you need them most.