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 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 prosecutor.

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 Scott Henry work exclusively with highly regarded 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.