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
- 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
- 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.