You’ve just gotten word that a friend or relative has landed in the Clark County Detention Center, or CCDC. They need you to post bail so that they can get out of jail pending their trial date before the Las Vegas Justice Court. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know where to begin. This may be an excellent time to start helping your friend to find a knowledgeable Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. In the meantime, you can go to the CCDC to post bail.
The CCDC has a “Pre-Trial Services” window that is open seven days a week from eight in the morning until midnight. They accept payment via cashier’s check, money order or cash. They do not accept personal checks. Pre-Trial Services also accepts payments by credit cards if the total charged does not exceed $3,000. Western Union Quick Collect could also wire the money directly to the CCDC. Alternatively, some people decide to hire a bail bondsman to handle the transaction for them.
So, what is bail and why are people required to “make bail?” People who are arrested for crimes in Nevada are typically taken to a police station where they are booked and fingerprinted. An initial court appearance is typically also required. Afterward, the defendant is generally ready for release if they pay some money, which is called “bail.”
Posting bail is essentially a promise that the released individual will show up for their subsequent court dates. The bail amount is set by the court. Usually, more serious crimes carry larger bail amounts. Some crimes are considered so serious that the judge may not be willing to set bail at all. In these cases, the accused is held in jail throughout their trial and the time leading up to their court date.
Bail money is usually returned when the criminal case is resolved, even if the resolution is a guilty verdict. However, the entire amount of the bail will be forfeited if any court date is missed.
For more details on how to make bail and avoid forfeiting bail money, contact an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer today.