Written by our Subject Matter Experts, Updated on September 25, 2019
Our bail bond directory helps you learn about the bail bond process in Nebraska so you can get in touch with the right people in order to get your loved one out of jail. We answer many important questions on how bail bonds work in Nebraska and how much bail bonds cost.
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How do bail bonds work in Nebraska?
Upon arrest anywhere in the state of Nebraska, a person must be processed at the local county jail. To be released from jail, a few steps must occur, including being “booked in” and posting bail. Once the bail amount is confirmed, you can work with the jail directly to post the payment. The jail serves the role of a bail bondsman, so you won’t need to contact a commercial bail bond company to be released in Nebraska. Due to the jail taking on the financial responsibility or bail bonds, there is a very limited need, and few options on finding a private bail bondsman in Nebraska. The court typically handles the release of an arrested person via similar means as a bail bondsman.
In Nebraska, the state will take a non-refundable 10% payment for your bail amount and you can be released from jail. The processing time typically can take anywhere from one to two hours to be completed. While cash bonds are acceptable, it is usually not frequently done due to it’s high expense, but you can certainly pay the Nebraska jail the full bail amount and get all of it back, minus court and administrative fees, upon attending all court dates.
After release, you are expected to make all court dates. If you miss a court date, a warrant for your arrest will be issued and you will land back in a Nebraska jail. Nebraska’s court system may also put in place a person or organization to oversee the arrested person upon their release. This includes periodic phone contact, in-person visits, drug and alcohol testing, travel limitations, and other potential agreements that are put in place.
How much is bail in Nebraska?
When it comes to the question of “How much does a bail bond cost?“, Nebraska’s court charges a 10% bail bond fee if the judge determines the person is not an immediate risk to other residents. If the case is withdrawn, the 10% bail bond fee is returned, otherwise the amount is non-refundable.
Working directly through the court system limits the need for a private bail bondsman which is why you may not find many options in Nebraska. The judge and court system determines each case and sets the bond and asks for the typical 10% fee or $25, whichever is greater.
Nebraska has recently passed legislation to ensure low-income, low-level crime offenses are not overly punishes, to ensure a person is not stuck in jail for too long, which could impact their long term success in life. For more information, refer to the Nebraska Revised Statute 29-901.
A bounty hunter is hired by a bail bondsman to locate and arrest a person who does not show to court as agreed in their bail bond agreement. Bounty hunters are sometimes referred to as bail recovery agents.