Bail Reduction in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for a criminal violation in Nevada and subsequently
put behind bars, you are entitled to a reasonable amount of bail. The
bail amount should be reflective of your alleged crimes, generally being
somewhat low for infractions and steeper for felonies. If you believe
you are being held in jail with no possibility of being released due to
an unreasonably high bail,
contact the Law Office of David R. Fischer and speak to our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer today.
How is Bail Set?
A county-appointed judge will be responsible for determining a fair bail
amount. As most common crimes in Nevada – such as
prostitution – have a somewhat-standardized bail amount, you could be in and
out of the jailhouse in a matter of hours. When the price seems to be
incredibly high, things can become more complicated. It might be possible
that the judge was unaware of standard limits, or that they are in possession
of information about your arrest that even you are not aware of.
What Can Be Done If the Bail is Excessive?
Being accused of stealing $100 worth of items from a liquor store might
hit you with a $1,000 bail amount. If you are facing a bail of $10,000
in a similar situation, it might be considered excessive. This will give
you the opportunity to request that it be reduced.
You may requesting a bail reduction, you will want to follow these steps:
Retain a lawyer: Even apparently simple procedures in the criminal justice system can become
complicated if you do not know all of the rules and legislation. You also
do not want to risk losing what could be your only chance to have your
bail reduced because you were unsure of the process.
Compose your argument: The more thorough you can be in your reasoning for requesting reduced bail,
the better. A judge will not be impressed and may not be persuaded by
an argument that simply states that the amount is too high. You need to
be able to show
why it is too high.
Request a hearing: You will need to request a bail hearing to actually present your argument
to the court. If you are lucky, the hearing will be scheduled the next
day. In some situations, it could be days away. In such a situation, ask
your lawyer about other ways to speed up the process.
Contact Us Before You Accept that Bail Bond
There are plenty of bondsmen in Vegas who want to sell you the promise
of getting you out on bail for a small fee. What they do not tell you
is that you might have to pay interest, or that you may be able to lower
your bail with the help of an experienced
criminal defense attorney. In some situations, you may even be able to use a waiver and
be released without any bail payment, depending on how your lawyer can
negotiate with the court.