A Nevada Defense Attorney Explains Forms for Bail

When you have been arrested and you must return to court to answer charges, you may be kept in custody or you may be released on bail. If you are released on bail, you typically must put up a certain amount of money in order to guarantee that you will return to court on the designated date. If you do not return to court, the money posted for bail can be forfeited.

You want to try to argue for a reasonable bail so you can be released rather than having to remain in custody during the weeks or months leading up to your criminal trial. LV Criminal Defense can provide you with assistance in understanding how Nevada law addresses the issue of bail and can work with you to argue for a bail amount that you can pay.

You should contact a Las Vegas defense attorney as soon as you have been arrested and are faced with charges so your attorney can begin to develop an effective legal strategy both to get you bail and to ensure that you respond aggressively and effectively to the accusations leading to your arrest.

Nevada Rules for Bail Forms After Arrest and Before a Preliminary Examination

There are many different provisions of Nevada’s criminal procedure code that relate to bail. One of the rules related to bail is found in N.R.S. 179.340. This section of Nevada’s code specifically addresses the form that is used when bail is to be posted after an arrest and before a preliminary examination.

As N.R.S. 179.315 indicates, the authorized form to be used for bail after an arrest and before a preliminary injunction is not the only form or paperwork that can be used when bail is to be posted following an arrest. The statutory short forms found within the Form section that relate both to bail and to other issues in a criminal proceeding are simply examples of the types of paperwork that can be created in a criminal case. While these forms satisfy legal requirements, any documents that contain substantially similar information and that make their purpose clear can be utilized.

The statutory short form that relates to bail after arrest and before a preliminary examination should state that a warrant was issued on a particular day for the arrest of the accused. The form should indicate the nature of the offense and the charge resulting in the arrest and should state that the accused was arrested in connection with that particular offense.  The form should also indicate that the accused was ordered to appear at a specific time to respond to the accusations of the offense, and should specify where the accused must appear.  It is also important that the form state that the accused will make himself amenable to court orders and processes and will appear for judgment if he is convicted of the offense he has been accused of committing.

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Finally, the form must specify the sum of money that was put up for bail, and should indicate that the particular sum of money will be forfeited to the state of Nevada if the accused does not come before the magistrate, make himself available for court proceedings, or appear for judgement.  It should be signed by the sureties who are guaranteeing the defendant will come to court as required and who will forfeit the designated sum of money if the accused does not live up to his promises.

Getting Help from a Nevada Criminal Defense Lawyer

A Nevada criminal attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide assistance in arguing for bail and in planning a response to criminal charges after an arrest.

If you have been accused of a crime, you should contact our legal team as soon as possible so we can begin fighting for your freedom and future. Give us a call to get a knowledgeable and committed legal advocate on your side.