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Post DUI Arrest

If you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI, you may be wondering what to expect after the arrest. This can be a scary and confusing time, but knowledge is power. The following helpful information can ease the process when you know what to expect.

After police have suspected a driver’s intoxication and they have been arrested, the suspect will undergo the “booking” process. This involves processing the suspect as with any suspected criminal. During the booking process law enforcement will:

• Thoroughly search the suspect for weapons and drugs
• Document the subject’s appearance
• Perform a criminal background search
• Record fingerprints
• Take photos or “mug-shots”
• Set bail, depending on the state

After a person is “booked”, the next phase is what is known as bail. Bail is simply the promise to appear in court for the exchange of money. Bail is often set based on a predetermined “bail schedule”. In other instances the judge may base the figure on the severity of the DUI offense, criminal and DUI history, ability to pay, as well as relation to family and employment. There is a great risk in losing employment if bail cannot be afforded. Spending time in jail may not go over well with employers!

It is also possible to be released from jail through the “own-recognizance” law if no bail is set. The defendant must avoid illegal activities and maintain close contact with the court. If any part of the agreement is violated the accused may face jail or fines.

Bail may be posted by anyone a friend, family member or what is known as a bail bondsman. This is when a bail agency provides you with a written contract stating that the full bail amount must be paid if the suspect fails to appear in court. Bail agencies and bondsmen charge fees for their service. Sometimes they may require collateral before posting a bond to ensure appearance in court.

Arrested for a DUI? Stop and contact a qualified lawyer right now! It is key to consult a specialist DUI lawyer during this significant process.