Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Let's talk about Bail.

How much does it cost to get out of jail in Clark County? 

Sorry. They don't accept these.
Nevada, historically, has had some difficulties keeping up with the current times. We lean towards "the old west" in many annoying and inconvenient ways still to this day, but in May of 2015, the powers that be saw fit to update our bail amounts for certain crimes committed here. 

Why is this a big deal? 

A couple of reasons, really. 
  1. It makes it more expensive to get yourself or someone else out of jail if they have the misfortune of finding themselves incarcerated. 
  2. It made our bail amounts more comparable to other nearby states California. 
See, for a very long time after California implemented its famous (infamous?) Three-Strikes Law, Nevada still boasted very old-fashioned, and very low, bail amounts. In plain language this means that getting arrested for a crime here was "cheaper" (for the criminal) than being arrested for the same thing in LA or San Diego or San Bernardino. Let's use Grand Larceny: Auto as an example. In rough figures, getting caught for that crime in SoCal would likely cost you $10,000 - 20,000 to get out of jail before your hearing. Here in Nevada it would cost you a lofty $3,000. 

What this means is that, for many years, Nevada police agencies were seeing an alarming trend where prolific, repeat offenders were choosing to commit their crimes in Nevada for very basic reasons:
  • They were scared of serving the rest of their life in a California prison as a Three-Strikes inmate;
  • They could commit the same crime here with less financial risk...
I don't like making my blogs too overbearingly wordy so here's a picture of a dog dressed as a banana.
Please enjoy. 
Anyway, the point is that Nevada decided to basically make it more expensive to get arrested here in an effort to dissuade prolific career criminals from effectuating their dastardly deeds here in our city of sin.

As always, if you've been accused of a crime, you NEED the representation of an experienced litigator. I'd be happy to help! 

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