Bail is money that DWI offenders must pay to the court in exchange for their release from custody. The amount that DWI offenders must pay for their release varies on a case-by-case basis. Here’s how bail is determined after an arrest:
What Factors Does the Judge Consider When Setting Bail?
The judge presiding over the case will consider a number of factors when setting bail for a DWI defendant. The first is the severity of the crime. For example, a defendant who crashed into a vehicle and injured someone while drunk will typically pay a higher bail than a DWI offender who did not injure anyone.
The defendant’s criminal history can also affect the bail amount. Defendants with prior arrests or convictions on their record should expect to pay more bail than first-time offenders. Sometimes, the judge will even deny bail for defendants with multiple DWI convictions and force them to stay behind bars until their trial.
The judge will also consider the defendant’s ties to the local community. Where does the defendant currently live? Does the defendant work nearby? Does he have close friends or family members in the area? If the defendant does not have ties to the community, he is considered a flight risk. Therefore, the judge may set a higher bail amount to ensure he sticks around and makes an appearance in court when required to do so.
After considering these factors, the judge will officially set the defendant’s bail. DWI offenders must then either pay the full bail amount or work with a bail bonds agency to post a bond that guarantees payment in the event they fail to show up for court.
Will You Be Released On Your Own Recognizance?
It’s important to note that some DWI offenders will not need to pay bail in order to secure their release from custody. Instead, these DWI offenders will be released on their own recognizance, which means they can avoid paying bail if they agree to appear in court when required in the future. The judge will consider the same factors listed above when determining whether or not a defendant should be released on his own recognizance.
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