DUI Arrests and Bail Bonds Explained

DUI Arrests and Bail Bonds Explained

Finding out your loved one has been arrested for drunk driving is a scary situation — and not knowing what to do after they have gone to jail can make the situation that much more stressful for you and your family. Enlisting the help of a bail bondsman can shed some light on the process and ease your fears. Here’s how to get your loved one out of jail sooner.

What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and Felony DUI?

There are many types of DUI charges, but the two most common are misdemeanor and felony.

Misdemeanor

If the DUI charge is your first offense, then it will most likely be considered a misdemeanor. In some instances, second and third offenses may also be categorized as a misdemeanor if a certain time has passed between each offense — typically between 7 and 10 years.

Felony

A DUI is considered a felony whether it’s your first offense or not under the following circumstances:

  • The defendant caused bodily injuries.
  • A fatality was involved.
  • BAC (blood alcohol concentration) was above a certain level.
  • Prior DUI convictions.
  • Passengers in the vehicle were minors.
  • Driving under the influence with a suspended, revoked or restricted license.

The actual bail amount for a DUI depends on many factors such as your criminal history and felony bail bonds will be set higher than misdemeanor bail bonds.

How the Bail Bonds Process Works in DUI Arrests

If you are assisting a friend or family member in securing a bond, it’s important to know the full legal name of the person in custody and the exact amount of bail. While each case is different here’s what you can expect in the process:

  • Upon arrest for the DUI, the person is now a defendant.
  • Defendant awaits arraignment while in jail.
  • During the arraignment, the judge will set a bail amount for the defendant to be released.
  • After the bond has been set, the full amount is to be paid for the defendant to be released from jail.
  • If no one can pay the full bail amount, contact a bail bondsman for help. Enlisting the help of a bail bondsman allows you to pay a portion of the bail amount.
  • Once the bond is paid, the defendant is released from jail.
  • For the bond to remain in effect, the defendant is required to make all court appearances.

Why You Need A Bail Bondsman for a DUI Arrest

Having an experienced bail bondsman in your corner can not only get your loved one out of jail faster, but can answer all your questions, and ease your fears. If your loved one has been arrested and charged with a DUI, contact Andy Callif Bail Bonds at (614) 945-4334 today to learn more about how we can help.


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