DUI Bail Bonds Attorneys
Anytime a person is arrested for a criminal offense in Florida, they can only be released from jail after being booked by posting a bond. Some types of charges will not be eligible for a bond, either temporarily or until the case is completed. Sometimes a court or even arresting officer can release a person on their promise to appear for court at a later date. This is called being released on their own recognizance, or ROR.
In all other cases some bond will be set in a particular dollar amount. For most first time DUI’s, the bond in your case will be in the neighborhood of $500 to $1,000.00. Paying this bond to the sheriff’s office will result in your being released from jail, and you can stay out while your case works its way through court. If you or a family member or friend chooses to pay this entire amount out of pocket, the entire amount can be returned to them at the end of your case. However, if you are convicted, the court can keep that money and pay it towards your court costs and fines. If you cannot afford this option, you can hire a bail bondsman to post the bail for you so you can bond out.
You (or someone on your behalf) will have to pay them 10% of the bond as a fee, and you will not see that money again. You (or someone on your behalf) will also have to provide the bondsman with satisfactory collateral that you (or someone on your behalf) can pay the bondsman the entire amount of your bond if you “skip” or “jump” bail and fail to show up for any court dates. If that happens, the court starts the process of keeping all the money the bondsman paid to get you out, and bondsmen are not in the business of losing money. They will likely track you down and throw you back in jail, but if they can’t find you, they will come after that collateral. Also, if you are found guilty, the bondsman’s money will not be used to pay any of your court costs or fees.
Many times a bond is set too high for a person to make bail. An attorney can go to court for you and ask the court to lower your bond to an amount you can actually pay. The amount you might save with a bond reduction could be enough to cover the costs of some if not all of your legal expenses, so contact us today if you need help with a bond matter.