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Who Can Post Bail

Apr 18, 2017Bail Bond Information, Blog

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, nearly 43 million people visited Las Vegas in 2016, which was a new record with a 1.5 percent increase from 2015. These millions arrive every year looking to have a fantastic time, so something like getting arrested can really put a damper on the fun.

No one likes to imagine that a vacation could end in jail, but unfortunately, it happens. Visitors aren’t always up to speed on the laws and regulations in Las Vegas. (For example, prostitution is actually illegal in Las Vegas as outlined in Chapter 12.08 in the Clark County Code of Ordinances.) And even the most law-abiding citizens among us can make a mistake regarding laws they know well.

There’s no reason for you or someone you love to go through the uncertainty and inconvenience of staying in jail while waiting for court dates. Someone needs to post bail.

Who Can Post Bail?

In general, anyone can post bail for anyone else, unless the court makes a specific rule about it in an individual case. However, we do not recommend posting bail for someone you don’t know. Without being sure of the person’s character, you can’t be sure he or she won’t miss the court date, and if you post bail you will be held responsible if the defendant doesn’t show up.

That leaves us with a couple of options for people who can post bail:

  • The Defendant: If you’re over the age of 18, you can post your own bail. The bail bondsman will ultimately make the decision to allow it based on the charges and the circumstances surrounding your arrest, as well as your occupation, home ownership status, residency, and legal record.
  • A Friend or Family Member: If you trust the defendant, whether you are a parent, spouse, sibling, employee, or friend, you can post bail. The key is in knowing the person well enough that you believe he or she will show up in court and follow through with all legal instructions and requirements.
  • Exclusions: The bondsman makes the final decision of whether or not to accept an offer to post bail. It’s your responsibility to make sure that posting bail does not result in legal complications for you. For example, if you are on probation, it might be a stipulation that you are not allowed to post bail for anyone. We do not check up on those issues, as it is not our responsibility. Our only concern is to help our client get out of jail and back to his or her life.

How to Post Bail

  1. Decide who is going to post bail: the defendant, a friend, or a family member.
  2. Establish collateral. At 8-Ball Bail Bonds, we will guide you through the process and help you choose the best form of collateral.
  3. Pay a fee amounting to 15 percent of the bail, which is non-refundable. (This fee is established by the state of Nevada.)
  4. 8-Ball Bail Bonds takes care of all the paperwork and posts bail as quickly as possible.
  5. The defendant is released to go about daily life as usual while waiting for the court date.

Las Vegas runs around the clock, and so do we. 8-Ball Bail Bonds is available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Since 2009, we have been guiding our clients through the bail process, making it as simple as possible to get through what is a challenging and often frightening time. We are fully licensed and insured, and we’re committed to protecting your privacy. Contact us if you have any questions, or to start the bail bond process. We’re here for you whenever you need us.