Once a person is arrested on any charges including DUI they will be taken to the police station and "booked," that is, they will be formerly charged while the officer will write up an arrest report.
The officer will also often do the following:
- Physically search the suspect for weapons or illegal substances
- Confiscate and note personal property such as keys, money, etc. to be returned after release
- Make note of the suspect's personal information and appearance
- Make notes concerning the arrest and alleged crime
- Obtain fingerprints of the suspect and take a photograph, or "mug shot"
- Place the suspect in a holding cell
This booking process may take an hour or longer. A suspect may be allowed to make a free local phone call to call an attorney, family, friends, or a bail bondsman, but in Kansas not until after the breath test or refusal of the breath test.
DUI suspects can be required to post bail once booked to be released from police custody. Bail is cash or a bond to be paid to ensure the suspect will show up for any court appearance. Those charged with DUI who fail to show up for a court appearance, the amount of bail paid is lost and an arrest warrant will be issued for the suspect. An additional charge of bail jumping will be added to the original offense.
What does bail cost?
The judge will determine the amount of bail at a bail hearing. The amount depends on any criminal history the suspect has, the seriousness of the DUI (whether there were any injuries or fatalities or other aggravating factors), and the potential for the suspect to disappear, never to return.
Bail bondsmen help when a suspect can't afford to pay their posted bail amount. Bond sellers provide a written guarantee to the court that they will pay the bail amount in the event that the suspect does not show up to court. Bondsmen generally charge a fee which is 10% to 20% of the bail amount. They usually also take some form of collateral as well since they will be responsible to pay the bail if the suspect fails to show up.
If you have been formerly charged with DUI, call our Kansas City firm to set up your
complimentary consultation and together we can explain your charge and go over your legal options.