Understanding Bail Bonds When you or someone you know has been arrested, being well versed in the legal system and bail bonds is critical to an easier time in the Las Vegas courts. Bail is used to temporarily release a defendant from custody while they are preparing for court. Bail and bail bonds are not meant to punish the defendant. Rather, they are a monetary amount set by the courts to ensure the defendant’s appearance at their court date. Excessive bail that is not warranted by the circumstances or the evidence available at the time is a violation of your constitutional rights, so it is critical to have your lawyer present at all proceedings to protect your rights. Bail bonds allow a defendant to get released without having to pay the full bail themselves. Bondsmen charge a fee, generally 15% of the bond, as well as any additional fees that the state may require. These fees are non-refundable, but mean that you will not have to put up money or property towards your bail. Once a bondsman agrees to do a bail bonds he is responsible for your appearance in court. Failure to appear in court means forfeiture of bond and the bail bondsman will have to pay this to the courts. It also means that he has the authority to track the defendant down, detain them, and return them to the court system. When dealing with bail and bail bonds, there are a few terms that are important to understand so you can discuss your options with your attorney. Bond Amount vs. Bond Premium The bond amount is the total amount of bail that was set by the Las Vegas court in order for the defendant to be released. The bond premium is the additional amount due to the bail agency. Indemnitor/Guarantor This is the person who is responsible for the defendant while they are released from jail and our on bail. They also co-assume financial liability for the full bond amount in the case that the defendant does not appear in court. Bail Bond Exoneration Once the trail or proceedings have ended a bail and bail bonds are exonerated. No matter what the outcome or verdict of the trial, the liability for the bail or bail bonds is released. However, any fees to the bondsman or state are still owed and must be paid. While getting arrested in the first place should be avoided, understanding the court system, the terminology it uses, and what your options are is critical to getting through the entire process. Understanding and taking advantage of the bail bonds services offered by bondsmen can help ease the financial burden of the process. Twitter (5) Do you know the difference between a bond amount and a bond premium? Learn more about #bailbond terminology here. Pop quiz, what is an indemnitor? Don’t know? Find out here, and learn more #bailbond terminology. If you were arrested and couldn’t afford #bail, would you know where to go to get help? Learn more about #bailbonds here. Got #arrested but don’t have the money or property to post #bail? Talk to a #bondsman today about #bailbonds. Get your friend out of jail without posting #bail yourself. Learn how #bailbonds can help. G+ (2) Did you know that excessive bail not warranted by the situation is a violation of your constitutional rights? Learn more about bail, bail bonds and your rights here. Are you the guarantor for your friend while they wait for their court date? Don’t know what a guarantor is? Learn more about it and other bail and bail bonds terminology today. Facebook (2) Question: Once you appear in court and the verdict is made. Do you still owe the bond amount or the bond premium? Find out the answer here, along with more information on bail bonds. Can’t afford your bail but don’t want to spend the next few nights till your court date in jail? Find out how a bondsman and bail bonds can help you sleep at home.
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