DUI Bail Bonds

DUIAfter an individual has been arrested for a DUI, they will typically be booked at a jail. This process, also known as being “charged” or being “processed,” will involve the police officer compiling an arrest report. During this time, the suspect will also typically need to submit to a search, which may be either a pat-down or a full body search. The suspect’s individual items are confiscated, such as their keys, purse, wallet, and money. Fingerprinting and mug shots are also taken during this “processing” period, and the police will take detailed accounts of the suspect’s personal details and the alleged crime. Drivers license numbers, hair color, height, weight, location of the arrest, and the time the suspect was arrested are all details that may be taken during the booking period.

The booking process may take up to an hour to complete. After the booking process is finished, suspects are taken to a holding cell. Suspects will usually remain in custody and in this holding cell until they pay a certain amount of money in order to be released from the custody of the police. This amount of money is known as bail.

Instead of providing a cash bail, a suspect may provide a bail bond. A bail bond is used instead of posting cash bail and is obtained through bail bonds sellers. A bail bond provides a written guarantee to a court that the court will receive the full amount of bail that is owed to them if a DUI suspect does not show up for their court dates. Many companies charge only a small percentage of the overall bail cost, which makes bail bond agencies a much more affordable option than posting a full cash bond for most DUI suspects.

Bail Bond for a DUI

When a suspect pays their bail or bail bond, part of the condition of their release involves the individual agreeing to appear in court for all of the required court dates. These dates may include the suspect’s arraignment, a preliminary hearing, and all associated pre-trial motions, in addition to the actual trial itself. Any suspect who fails to show up for a scheduled court date may be arrested, and the charge of “bail jumping” can be added to their original offense.

For a DUI suspect, the amount that the bail will depend upon several factors. One of the major factors that a judge may take into account is the overall seriousness of the offense. If a suspect has been involved in a DUI offense that has resulted in the harm of themselves or others, the bail may be considerably high. If a suspect has previous DUI offenses or particularly reckless driving history, bail may be higher than someone with a spotless record. Other factors that judges may typically take into account include potential family, community, and employment ties.

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Bail Bond Rates

In general, the standard industry rate for bail bonds is 10% of the face amount of bail. For example, if the face amount of bail is $10,000, the fee is $1,000. Read More


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