Using Bail Bonds After a DUI Arrest | Blandon Bail Bonds
When a person is arrested for a DUI, a lot of thoughts swirl through his/her head. Maybe they’re thinking about their future, or what their loved ones might say. Maybe they are concerned they might lose their job. Or maybe they are just thinking about how they can get out of jail and get their life back on track. Fortunately for those arrested, bail bonds quickly offer a way out of jail after an arrest. Here’s what you need to know about using bail bonds after a DUI arrest.
The Bail Process
In some DUI cases, the court may refuse to release an individual on a recognizance basis and may require them to provide a financial guarantee that they will make their arranged court appearance. This financial guarantee is referred to as bail. Bail is a set amount of cash that is needed to be paid in order for the individual to be released from police custody. One of the conditions of release is a promise to appear for their scheduled hearing. If a person attends their hearing, the bail amount will be refunded. If, however, they fail to appear, they will be arrested and cannot reclaim the bail amount.
How is Bail Set?
Bail for DUI cases is usually pre-determined through what is known as a “bail schedule.” Because of this predetermined schedule, many people may be able to pay their bail immediately after booking. If they are unable to pay after booking, a judge will determine the individual’s bail amount at a hearing. At this hearing, the judge may either adhere to the bail schedule or determine the appropriate bail amount based on a variety of factors, including:
The person’s driving history and record of any previous DUIs.
The seriousness of the current DUI offense, including injury to others.
Employment, community and familial ties of the person arrested.
After the court sets the required bail amount, the individual is required to submit payment to the court to secure their release. If they cannot afford to pay the bail amount, they may contact a bail bond agent to settle the amount ordered on their behalf. A bail bonds agent will charge a non-refundable fee, usually around 15-percent of the total bail amount. The bail bonds agent may also require collateral in the event the person fails to appear in court. The bail bondsman agrees to forfeit the remaining bail amount in the event the person does not attend the court hearing and may sell the collateral to recover their money.
Arrested for a DUI? Make Sure You Call Blandon
If you are arrested for a DUI, make sure you call your attorney. Then, give Blandon Bail Bonds a call. No collateral? No problem! At Blandon Bail Bonds we understand the stress our clients are under. That’s why we make our process quick and simple! We work with you to make sure you get the help you need – FAST! We even offer payment plans. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today at 305-597-4595.
Posted on Fri, February 1, 2019
by Marlon Blandon