DUI and the Bail Process
If you are arrested for driving under the influence you may be required
to post bail to be released from jail. The bail amount will depend on
the circumstances of the offense, particularly if you have had previous
DUIs. Whether or not you have to post bail or the amount of bail could
also depend on the county of your arrest. The
Law Offices of Thomas Wallin and Scott Henry are dedicated to assisting you with all aspects of your case including
posting bail. We work with professional, trustworthy
bail agents that are local to the area of your arrest. Hiring an attorney prior to
posting bail can save you thousands of dollars. Generally, you are seen
as a lower risk and less likely to skip court appearances after hiring
a reputable DUI lawyer. Your rate may be able to be reduced from 10% to
8% saving you money.
How Bail Works
Bail is an amount of money set by the court to ensure a defendant’s future
appearance at court dates. Bail can generally be satisfied through cash,
bond or property. Many counties have bail schedules that establish a standard
amount for common crimes. In these cases you may post bail immediately
after the booking process is complete.
It can take minutes to hours depending on the law enforcement agency and
the time required to complete booking. Bail can also be set at a
bail hearing. In some cases, defendants are released from jail on a promise to appear
on a specific date at a specified location. The judge may then review
the case and set bail depending on the circumstances. A judge may also
lower or raise the bail at the request of the defense attorney or the
Bail can be very expensive and usually exceeds the cash available to a
defendant at the time of arrest. A commercial bail bond company can assist
with posting bail and charges you a fraction of the total bail amount.
The bail agents we work with can help you to find affordable payment options
including zero down payment plans.
Finding the Right Orange County Bail Bond Company
Finding the right bail bond company can be difficult. You are entrusting
an agent with your freedom and you do not want to be taken advantage of.
The Law Offices of Thomas Wallin and Scott Henry work exclusively with
Orange County bail bond agents. They have agents available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.
Avoid hiring a bail bondsman that you have not researched. Many times
the first bail agent you come across may not be the best bondsman to handle
your case. Be weary of any agent that charges more than 10% of the total
bond. Always ask questions and be aware of the entire bail process. Make
sure you understand exactly when you or your loved one will be released
from jail, understand any conditions that you are required to complete
upon release and get detailed information about what you need to do for
your criminal case. A bail agent will typically want to know and keep
informed of your court appearances and the progress of your case. Most
important, be sure that the bail company and your bail agent are fully
licensed by the
California Department of Insurance.
We are here to help. We understand that this can be a difficult and expensive
time for you and your family. Let our team of experienced DUI Defense
Attorneys assist you with all facets of your case including finding the
right bail bond company. It could end up saving you thousands of dollars.
Call our offices today toll free at
(888) 900-0951 for a free initial consultation.