A ‘bail bond’ is very similar to a check. It is delivered to the jail to allow a defendant’s release from custody, and is then transmitted to the court clerk’s office, usually to be held in the bailee’s (defendant) case file. If the defendant makes all required court appearances and finalizes the proceedings against him/her, the bail bond is ‘exonerated’ and liability thereunder is terminated.
If a bailee fails to appear in court as ordered, notice of the failure to appear (FTA) is mailed to the responsible bail agency and the surety insurance company that guarantees the agency’s bonds.
Under the law the bail agency has a fixed time period within which to get the bailee back into court; if the defendant does not return to court within the time allowed, a judge will order the bail agency and insurance company to pay the full amount of the bail bond to the court. When this happens, the bail agency that has suffered the loss on the bond will turn to the indemnitor(s) for the money it paid to the court.
When a defendant FTA’s and the bail bond is in jeopardy, the bail agency will notify the bail indemnitor of the FTA upon its receipt of notice from the court.
The cost of a bail bond in the State of Nevada is set by state law at 15% and is non-refundable. Bail services that offer less than the set 15% or offer to waive the fee might be acting illegally and should be avoided. Any bail bond service that is charging more than 15% should be avoided as well. Make sure you read all contracts prior to signing.
This can very greatly and depends on the county you were arrested in. This can very based on the time of day, and the current situation of the sheriffs department.
It is your responsibility to check with the courts to see when your court date is scheduled. It is important that you show up in court, it is a requirement of your bond and affects your co-signer. If you do miss your court date, immediately contact your bail bondsman and / or your attorney. It is essential that you act quickly once you realize you have missed your court date.