Bail Amount for DUI
By: Mary Ann Pekara
When drivers are suspected of DUI, they may then be immediately taken into police custody and escorted to the local jail. Before any bail can be posted, the driver must endure the routine of being photographed, searched and fingerprinted. Personal property is also confiscated for the time being as well. It’s at this juncture that a bail amount for a DUI is set.
Generally, the only way for an offender to be released from the holding cell is to post bail for their DUI arrest. This procedure is contingent upon the alleged DUI driver agreeing to appear in court at the set dates. The appearances include an arraignment, preliminary hearing, pre-trial motions and the actual DUI trial.
Depending on the severity of the DUI incident, some offenders may not be allowed to post bail at the police station. It will then be up to the judge to decide if bail can be issued. This judge will also determine the amount of bail that’s necessary for release.
In order to calculate the amount of bail, the judge will consider the individual’s criminal record and any prior DUI charges. There are also other aspects of the situation and this person’s life that may be examined to determine bail as well. The seriousness of the DUI offense, ties to employment, family relationships and community involvement can also play roles in the bail amount.
Variety of Bail Procedures
Bail is often too high for most people to pay outright. So bail bond agencies can assist individuals by charging a fee to post the bail. When the offender pays back this agency, a 10% interest charge or more may be added to the cost.
Some DUI drivers are not required to pay anything to exit the jail cell. Instead, they are given an “own recognizance” release, which means signing a contract stating they will appear at all court dates. Additionally, these drivers agree not to leave the area while court proceedings are in progress. Also, the DUI drivers who are granted this privilege must check in with the court periodically to touch base about the progress of their cases.
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