What are booking and bail after a DUI arrest?

| Sep 3, 2015 | Drunk Driving Charges

If you were stopped for drinking and driving, the police officer will likely arrest you. When you get to the booking center, you will go through the booking process and then you will be given a bail that you can pay if you want to get out of jail. It is important to understand the procedures for these aspects of your arrest.

What happens during booking or processing?

When you are taken to the jail or booking center, the officers will gather personal information about you. They will take your fingerprints, search you and take photographs of you. Your personal property will be gathered, inventoried and stored until your release. A background check on you will be performed and information about your current arrest will be recorded. Once all of these are done, you will be placed in jail or in a holding cell.

What is bail?

Bail is the amount of money you have to give the court as an assurance that you will appear in court. Once your bail is set, you can either pay it in full or work with a bail bondsman to pay it. The court sets bail in two ways — based on your specific circumstances or according to a preset bail schedule. In some cases, the judge will release you on your own recognizance, which means that you won’t have to put up money but you do have to promise in writing that you will show up in court.

Any DUI charge necessitates that the defendant understand all that is at stake in his or her case and how to minimize those risks. This can include learning about jurisdictional laws, defense options and possible plea arrangements.

Source: FindLaw, “DUI Booking & Bail,” accessed Sep. 03, 2015