Though the celebrations of New Year’s Eve have passed, there are still plenty of people dealing with the aftermath of those times when things go just a little too far. Drunk driving is still very much a serious problem with serious consequences. When someone is arrested for drunk driving, they may have to post DUI bail before they can be released, like the process for other crimes.
Before a DUI case can be concluded or a suspect released, bail must be paid. This is the incentive for the suspect to show up at any court appearance, as well as for another person who may have paid that bail to ensure the suspect’s appearance. If the person who was arrested fails to show up in court, any posted bail will be lost and the bondsman will collect the money. An arrest warrant will also be issued against the person who “skipped bail,” as well as for drunk driving.
Immediate bail isn’t always granted. A person arrested for DUI may have to attend a bail hearing. Usually, a suspect will not have to wait more than two days for this, but that does not include holidays and weekends. In some cases, the hearing may happen in the same day.
The amount of bail set by the judge will be determined by many factors. Those factors may include whether or not the person has a history of the same offenses, how serious the incident was–how much damage was done, if someone was injured or killed, etc.–other criminal history, family and community ties, and more. If the cost of bail is high, a bond may be purchased from a bondsman. Of course, the suspect’s driver’s license may be rescinded for a time. In some cases, that person may be given a temporary driving permit, but this is not always the case.
Drunk driving is a serious matter, and so is being arrested for it. If you or someone you know needs DUI bail, come to Collins Bail Bonding in Raleigh, NC, or call (919) 205-5322.