Bail bondsmen rejoice! The Las Vegas Township Justice Court has recently updated the bail schedule. This move was made in an effort to keep bail amounts in line with other major cities such as Los Angeles, rather than to simply serve as deterrence towards future criminal offenders. It also helps to vastly minimize the complications of the Las Vegas bail bond system.
Before this change, bail bond amounts were listed by the type of offense and carried numerous exceptions, creating a headache for the Justice Court. The new schedule sets the bail bond by the category of the offense. However, please note that the judge still retains the ability to adjust the bail bond amount during the scheduled hearing, for better or for worse.
- Battery / Domestic Violence Offense – $3,000
- 2nd Domestic Violence Offense – $5,000
- DUI – $2,000
- 2nd DUI Offense – $5,000
- All Other Misdemeanors – $1,000 (visit the Clark County Courts website for exceptions)
Gross Misdemeanor Offenses
- All Gross Misdemeanor Offenses – $2,000
- Category B Felony – $20,000
- Category C Felony – $10,000
- Category D or E Felony – $5,000
No Bond / Bond Amount Set in Court
- Category A Felony
- Attempted Murder
- Battery / Domestic Violence Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm (No DW)
- Battery / Domestic Violence by Strangulation
- 3rd Domestic Violence /Offense
- DUI Resulting in Death or Substantial Bodily Harm
What does this mean for men and women in Las Vegas? For one, jails may certainly see a higher population of detainees for individuals unable to afford the new higher bail bond prices. On a practical level, this stresses the importance of working with a defense attorney from the moment of arrest and during pre-trial court dates.
An experienced criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas can help file a Motion to Reduce Bond. This is done alongside persuasive arguments that the defendant is not a flight risk. The court may order the defendant be released on a bail bond that is much lower than what is prescribed in the newly set schedule. To do so, the court may consider the circumstances of the arrest, alongside with the defendant’s:
- Financial situation
- Community ties
- Occupation and employment history
- Familial ties
- Reputation and character
- Previous criminal history
- Likelihood of more criminal acts committed after release
In certain cases the defendant may be released on their own recognizance (also referred to as “ROR”), or personal word they will later appear in court. This allows him or her to be released without bail. However, if the defendant does not appear at the scheduled court hearing, regardless of how they were released, they can face dire penalties. Paying Las Vegas’s new bail amounts may be the least of their worries!