When you are arrested for a DUI, of course many components will be present, such as sobriety tests. If it is determined that you were driving drunk, you will usually be taken into custody and “booked.” During the booking process, a variety of things may occur, such as your personal information being taken, a record search of your criminal background, fingerprints and photographs, personal property confiscated, and being placed into a holding cell. After booking, you may be looking for a way out of prison. This is usually fulfilled through something known as “bail.”
What is Bail?
If you have been arrested for DUI, you may have the option of bail. Bail will allow you to pay money in exchange for your prison release after you have been booked. However, you have to promise to appear in court for all of your hearings, such as the arraignment, preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions, trial, and more. Sometimes, bail is decided at a trial later in time. The judge will look at factors like the suspect’s DUI record and criminal history, seriousness of the offense, and the suspect’s ties to family, community, and employment.
If you have been suspected and charged of DUI, your friends and family may put up the full bail amount as set by the court. You may also have the option of “own recognizance” release, which means that no bail money needs to be paid. You will just state that you will appear at all hearings. If you do not appear at all of your hearings as told, you will be subject to immediate arrest and will have no chance at bail.
The consequences of a DUI can sometimes be very serious. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have options. If you need legal advice, we are here for you every step of the way. Call us today for more information on how we can help.