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With certain DUI’s you may be required to “post bail”. There are three types of bail bonds: personal recognizance (PR) bond, cash bond, and surety bond. The most common is the surety bond in which you will need to find a bondsman to complete. There are many conditions jurisdictions set for individuals who are out on bond awaiting their trial such as house arrest, 24-hour alcohol monitoring, installation of an ignition interlock device, drug and alcohol screenings, and drug/alcohol counseling. DUI bail amounts can range anywhere between $500 and $50,000 depending on the type of DUI and past criminal record.

Things that Matter:

  • PR Bond- the court takes your word that you will show in court and you are not required to pay any money. This type of bond is rare.
  • Cash Bond- you are required to pay an amount of money that you get back if you appear in court. The money will be forfeited if you fail to appear in court.
  • Surety Bond- this is the most common type of bond because it is often the cheapest way to post bail. A bondsman will pledge to pay the bail amount if you do not appear in court, while you pay a bail premium (usually a smaller percentage of the total bail).

Helpful Hints:

Most jails have a list of acceptable bondsmen or your private attorney will know bondsmen that the court will accept to post your bail. Make sure that you know exactly how much you will be paying the bondsman. Often times, the conditions of your bail are expensive, so knowing costs upfront can prevent any financial compliance issues that could land you back in jail.

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