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When a person is arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of California, they will have an arraignment hearing. This is after the arrest has taken place and all necessary testing has been conducted. At the arraignment hearing, the prosecutor may request that a bail is set for the defendant.
Bail is a set fee that a defendant must pay in order to be released from jail. If the defendant puts the bail money up, they will be released pending strict orders of the judge until their actual court case regarding the DUI incident occurs. After that time, if the defendant is deemed not guilty, their bail money will be returned.
Bail For First-Time Offenders
Unless under a rare circumstance, most first-time offenders are released on their own recognizance. This means they do not have to pay bail as long as they agree in writing to appear on their proceeding court hearings. In these cases, the offending party is typically arrested and released the next day.
Bail For Other Offenders
In other cases, an individual may be held in custody and required to post bail before they may be released. This typically happens for offenders who are involved in a DUI-related hit and run, felony DUI, or fatal DUI accident. These fees are established by the judge and typically follow the recommended Los Angeles County bail schedule.
Los Angeles County Bail Schedule
In order to post bail, the defendant must supply the money to the state. In most cases, individuals will utilize the service of a bail bonds agency. The agency will put up the total amount of money for the defendant’s bail in exchange for the defendant paying them about 8 to 10 percent of the required amount. If the individual is not able to post bail, they will remain in custody until their trial.
If the defendant posts bail, it’s likely the judge may tack on conditions to their release. Some of the conditions may include not leaving the state of California, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, wearing an alcohol monitoring device, or installing an ignition interlock device on their car. Your Los Angeles DUI attorney can help you to understand what conditions you may be required to follow if you post bail.