The booking process begins once someone is arrested.
The booking process usually includes:
- Fingerprinting, photographing, and searching the suspect
- Recording the basic personal information of the suspect
- A search of the defendant's criminal record
- Recording information of the suspect's alleged crime
- Confiscation of defendant's personal property
- Holding the suspect in a holding cell or local jail
DUI suspects are typically able to be released by means of bail or "Own
Bail is payment by someone arrested for DUI in exchange for their release
from police custody once they have been booked. As a part of bail, the
suspect agrees to appear in court for the criminal process. In some cases,
the bail amount is decided later on by the judge who weighs how much to
set bail at based on the suspects DUI record and criminal history, how
serious the particular offense was, and their connections to family, community,
Either the defendant or their family or friends can post the bail amount
or a bond can be posted instead of the full amount. The bond is an agreement
in writing guaranteeing the full amount will be paid should the suspect
fail to show up in court. Bonds are typically found through a bail bonds
agency which charges a fee for posting the bond. They may also ask for
some form of collateral before posting the bond.
No bail money or bond needs to be posted if the defendant is released on
own recognizance. In this situation, the suspect is promising in writing
to appear in court for their upcoming proceedings. There may be conditions
involved in own recognizance release such as prohibiting the suspect from
leaving the state or requiring they contact the court regularly while
their case is ongoing.
Whether a judge will grant own recognizance release depends on the same
variables as when they determine a bail amount. Should a released suspect
fail to appear in court they can be arrested and have a bail amount set.
If you have been arrested and booked for a DUI offense, now is the time
to secure aggressive criminal defense from Attorney Jacqueline Goodman.
Call our office today to learn how we can help your case.