In most cases, judges set bond for people who go to jail, which allows them to get out of jail during the criminal process. Inmates learn how much money their bail is when they’re booked. You can find an inmate’s bond by visiting our Inmate Inquiry.
The amount of the bond is based on the charges or stated on the warrant for the person’s arrest. There may be more than one bond if a person is arrested in more than one case. The bond’s purpose is to make sure the suspect appears in court. If suspects fail to appear, the judge may impose fines and keep the bond as a penalty.
Paying the Bond
Bonds can be posted at the Douglas County Sheriff’s office 24 hours a day. The office will accept the bond in cash or money order only. No credit cards or checks will be accepted. The jail also charges a $10 nonrefundable cash fee for each bond. There is a $30 booking fee charged each time someone goes to jail. Typically, that is paid at the time of bonding.
Unless the court specifies that a bond is “cash only”, meaning no surety, you may hire a bondsman to post the bond. Typically, a bondsman will charge 10 to 15-percent of the total bond. He may require a co-signer and collateral.
Sometimes the judge authorizes a Personal Recognizance Bond. This is a bond that allows the suspect to get out of jail with a signature only. However, if the person doesn’t appear in court, the judge can impose penalty fees.
Zero bond holds
A “zero bond” means the inmate cannot post a bond until he appears in court and the judge decides to authorize it. Most arrestees go to court for their case at 8:30 a.m. the business morning after their arrest.
Sometimes the hold may be from another agency. In that case, DCSO will contact that agency when the inmate finishes its court case here. The other agency will make arrangements to transport the inmate to its facility. Transport information is not released to the public for security reasons.