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Pretrial Services perform two important functions in the administration of criminal justice. First, they gather and present information about newly arrested defendants and about available release options for use by the Court in deciding what release conditions are to be set for defendants’ release on bond. Second, they supervise the defendants released from custody by monitoring their compliance with release conditions and by helping to ensure they appear for future court dates.
In nearly all instances, a defendant on Pretrial Services is subject to a "standard" Order Setting Conditions of Release, which includes the following:
As part of the "standard" Order Setting Conditions of Release, defendants are court-ordered to pay a one-time supervision fee of $50. If a defendant is subject to electronic monitoring, the Court will determine whether the defendant will be financially responsible for all or a portion of those fees.
A common misconception is that a defendant is only on Pretrial Services until their first court date or trial date. Pretrial Services is a condition of bond, meaning that a defendant placed on Pretrial Services will remain on Pretrial Services until the defendant’s case reaches a disposition (i.e. dismissal, sentencing, Drug Court, etc.). The Court can choose to remove a defendant from Pretrial Services at any time by the defendant’s request or at its own discretion.
No. Unlike Probation, which is a state program and can transfer across county and state lines, Pretrial Services is a county program. Defendants who are on Pretrial Services, whether they reside in Sarpy County or not, are required to report to Sarpy County for appointments, drug testing, etc.
The County Attorney’s Office is notified of all Pretrial Services violations and a defendant’s bond may be revoked or further bond conditions can be added as determined by the Court. Failure to comply with bond conditions could also result in a warrant for the defendant’s arrest with or without hearing.
The Judge is the only person who can modify bond conditions. The request to have bond conditions modified is generally done through the defendant’s attorney.
No. Only days spent incarcerated can count toward credit for time-served. However, a defendant’s performance on Pretrial Services may be used to determine a defendant’s eligibility for additional community corrections programs (House Arrest, Work Release, Re-Entry Assistance Program).
View a list of contact information for all supervision officers as well as the front desk.
Random drug screens cannot be made up and you need to contact your supervision officer immediately. Your supervision officer’s contact information can be found in the Community Corrections directory.
Permission to travel outside of the State of Nebraska requires prior approval from the Court. You will need to complete the Travel Request (PDF) form and provide the completed form to your supervision officer. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. You will need to provide the form to your supervision officer with as much notice as possible.