Unfortunately, every day thousands of arrests take place when people drive under the influence (DUI). Some people don’t even realize their blood alcohol level is over .08 percent when they see those red and blue lights in their rear view mirror. Being arrested for a DUI can be terrifying and the unknowns can make it even more so. Ajua Bail Bonds is here to tell you what to expect when you are faced with you or a loved one being arrested for DUI and what your options are.
What Happens When You Are Arrested for DUI?
After you are arrested for DUI, you will be held either in the police station or the county jail. The entire booking process usually takes up to an hour. During this time, you will have a photo taken (mug shot), your fingerprints will be taken, and you will be allowed to make a couple of calls to loved ones, lawyers, or bail bonds agencies. After this is all done, you will be placed in a holding cell until police are completely finished filing the report.
Bail After a DUI Arrest
After all the paperwork is completed and booking is done, there will be arrangements for your release. There are instances where someone can be released on their own recognizance by submitting some sort of written statement promising they will appear in court. More commonly, release is granted on a bail amount. There are a few things that are taken into consideration when the amount is set for bail. Those include:
• Any past criminal history.
• The severity of the offense. This may include any harm or injury, sometimes even fatalities that were caused as a result of DUI.
• Your ties to the community and employment. They basically want to know that you will appear in court.
If bail isn’t set immediately, the offender will have to wait to go before a judge. This could take up to 48 hours, and if the offense happens on a holiday weekend, it could be longer. It isn’t uncommon for the hearing to happen the same day as the arrest in many cases.
What if You Can’t Afford Bail?
When a bail is set, you can either pay for it with your own money or a family member can pay for it. If you can’t afford it, a bail bond agency is your best option. A bail bond is a written promise that the full bail amount will be paid if you fail to appear in court. Bail bond agencies usually charge an additional fee for posting the bail. Sometimes, bail bond agencies will require some sort collateral in addition to the fee since they are the ones that are held accountable for paying the full bail if you fail to appear in court.
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Anytime you are facing an arrest or the arrest of a loved one, it can be a trying time. There are many unknowns that you will be facing. Fortunately, Ajua Bail Bonds is here to help get you or your loved ones home as soon as possible. Call us today!