For first time DUI offenders in Orange County, posting bail bonds can be a daunting experience – especially if you really don’t know what to expect.
Bail 101: What is it?
Bail is a promise or contract that the accused will not miss his or her court hearing. Skipping out on a hearing without permission from the judge will mean a swift arrest and revoking of the initial bail bond. This can also result to either having a new (higher) bail amount imposed or being denied bail by the judge.
How much bail should be posted for a DUI offense?
The bail amount for any crime depends on what is known as “weighted release criteria.” This set of criteria plays a huge factor in setting how much bail should be posted by the accused. For example in Orange County, bail amount for first DUI offense is set to $5000. If you have a prior conviction for the same offense within a ten-year period, your bail can jump as high as $15,000.
Aside from the nature of the crime and previous convictions, your family and community ties, employment record, financial resources, and mental condition are all weighed in to determine whether you’ll be granted bail and the exact amount.
If you need any help in posting bail, you can turn to reputable bond agencies to help you navigate through the system and get you out of jail while you are still awaiting trial.