What to do if a friend or family member is arrested for DUI in Las Vegas or Clark County Nevada area? – First Steps
Finding out a close friend of family member has been arrested can be a scary situation. You, and your loved one, may be confused, stressed and anxious about what to do next. The first step is to relax and take a deep breath and try to stay calm. Your loved one is counting on you here. The remainder of this article is geared toward helping you to get a handle on the situation. Keep in mind that this article is presuming a first DUI charge. The best course of action can change dramatically if this is a second or third DUI charge, if there was a child in the car or if someone was hurt in an accident.
Here is what you can do for someone who’s been arrested for DUI (or most charges actually)
Find out which jail they have been taken to.
The next step in the process is to find out where he or she is being detained. They can either be at the Clark County Detention Center, Las Vegas City Jail, North Las Vegas City Jail, or the Henderson City Jail. Where they are taken has to do with exactly where the incident occurred. The City of Las Vegas proper is much smaller than we all think it is. Have ready his or her full legal name and date of birth. Here are some numbers that may be of help:
Clark County Detention Center, CCDC (Las Vegas, Nevada) 702-671-3900
City of Las Vegas 702-229-6099 / 702-229-6444
City of Henderson 702-267-5245
North Las Vegas 702-633-1400
(These numbers are subject to change but are up to date as of July 22, 2019)
The purpose of posting bail is to hold money to ensure the defendant’s appearance at their future court date. Typical bail on a first offence DUI might be about $3000.00. You can find out exactly what the bail amount by calling the proper jail. Best case scenario is that you can afford to post the full amount directly with the jail. This will be the fastest way to get your loved one out, and in the long run, the cheapest. In this is the case you will get 100% of this money back when the case is over, win lose or draw. You should note that at the end of a case sometimes a judge will take an imposed fine out of the bail before issuing a refund.
What is a bail bond anyway?
If you don’t have money to post for the bail, there is a plan B. You can use a bail bond agent instead. A bail bond company will charge between 10%-30% of the full bail amount to secure the immediate release of the defendant. The percentage will depend on several factors but the main question on the bail bond company’s mind is, has the defendant ever had a failure to appear on a different case? Once bail is posted, your loved one is free from the holding cell. The downside to using a bail bond company is that the fee you pay them is non-refundable. For example, if you put up $750.00 to post bond, that money is gone forever.
Note: Just because you sprung him or her from jail, they still will need to appear in court on the scheduled court date. Failure to appear before the judge on the set court date will mean revocation of the bail money or bail bond. It will also result in the issuance of an arrest warrant.
There is a plan C, but you’re not going to like it. If you do not post bail or a bail bond it is possible that the police or a judge can deem an individual to not be a flight risk and release him or her on O.R. O.R. is short for own recognizance. It’s really just a fancy way of saying, “the jail is too full, and you seem like the kind of guy that takes care of his responsibilities. We are going to release you and trust you to appear in court.” The problem is, it can take up to 72 hours for a judge to even look at this and even then, there are no guarantees as to what the judge is going to do.
Call a lawyer
Once he or she is out of custody, find a lawyer quickly. There are a number of time sensitive issues that you’ll need advice on long before you ever meet a public defender. For example, how do I keep my driving privileges? How do I recover my car? What is an initial arraignment? What is my best case, worst case scenarios? What can I do to prepare for court now?
An experienced DUI attorney has seen nearly every scenario and can guide you to the best possible outcome. Find an attorney you believe in and that believes in helping you. If you have doubts about an attorney, keep looking. As a side note, the cost for representation on a first DUI can range anywhere from $1000.00 - $5000.00. You don’t need an attorney on the high end of the spectrum, and you don’t want the kind of service you are going to get at the low. A public defender is free. For the most part you get what you pay for at the low end of the spectrum.
I hope this article has been helpful and informative. You are invited to call me for a free in office case analysis or call or text with a few quick questions. DUI is one of those situations where good citizens can still get caught up in a thorny legal system. I’ve been helping people navigate the process and get positive results for over twenty years. It would be my pleasure to help you too.
Attorney Darren L Weiss, Esq.
Learn more about me at www.darrenweiss.law/dui
8275 S. Eastern Ave, #200, Las Vegas, NV 89123
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