At Godfather's Bail Bonds, we understand the details of how to quickly and accurately process a controlled substance bail bond in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. If you or your loved one have been arrested on drug possession charges, we can help. But first, it is important that you learn as much as you can about controlled substance bail bonds so that you can make an informed decision.
How Much Does a Controlled Substance Bail Bond Cost?
Anyone found in possession or control of illegal drugs can be charged with "simple possession of a controlled substance," which is a felony in the state of Nevada. Unless you have a prescription, possession of marijuana falls under this category as well. It will be crucial for you to get out of jail to build a solid defense because you could be facing hefty fines and long prison terms if convicted.
Arrests for possession of marijuana, cocaine, meth, Ecstasy, and other illicit drugs is extremely common in Las Vegas, including among those visiting from out of state. The bail amount will vary depending on the specific drug possessed, the circumstances of the case, and any past drug convictions on the arrestee's record. The bail amount can even be doubled if the crime is committed on school property or involved the assistance of a minor. Also note that out of state bails are usually set higher to ensure the defendant returns for his/her court date.
A first-time drug possession conviction in Las Vegas is a "Category E Felony," punishable by 1 to 4 years in state prison. A second offense is in the same category but will likely bring a more sever sentence nonetheless. A third offense is a "Category D Felony," which adds a fine of up to $20,000 to the prison term. Both Category E and D felonies in Nevada have a standard bail of $5,000, but as mentioned above, the amount may be increased for various reasons. In Nevada, bail bond fees are set by law at 15% of the total bail amount.
How Does the Bail Bonds Process Work?
If arrested for drug possession in Las Vegas, you will likely be escorted to the nearest jail and booked. The officer will confiscate any illegal drugs found on your person, identify them, weigh them, and document the results. You will then have to stand before a judge at a bail hearing, where you bail amount will be set. While there are standard bail schedules, the judge can adjust the amount to fit the details of each case.
You can post bail in cash if you can afford to do so, but few can. Most resort to signing for a bail bond since they then only have to come up with 15% of the bail. Professional bail bondsmen can prepare the paperwork within 20 to 30 minutes, but it may take hours to go through the booking and release process, depending on the busyness level at the jail.
Be aware that release on bail entails a number of conditions that, if violated, will result in forfeiture of the bond and re-arrest. The most notable among these stipulations is that the defendant appears on time for all of his/her court hearings. Keeping in touch with your bail bondsmen and notifying him/her of any changes in your contact information is another requirement.
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At Godfather's Bail Bonds, we use our minute knowledge of the local jail and court system to minimize the time you spend behind bars. Call us toll-free 24/7 at 702-384-4007 for expert advice and immediate attention to your case.