Depending on severity of your DUI and if you have a prior record, you may be required to post bail in order to be released from jail before your court date.

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What to Expect

  • There are different types of bail bonds. The most common being the surety bond, which requires a bondsman to complete.
  • DUI bail amounts can range anywhere from $500 to $50,000 depending on the type of DUI and past criminal record.
  • Failing to show up in court is called “bail jumping” and means you forfeit your bond, which could be added to your DUI ticket as another offense.

Bail Bonds FAQs

What is a PR bond?

With a PR bond, the court takes your word for it that you will appear in court and you are not required to pay any money. This type of bond is rare.

What is a cash bond?  

With a cash bond, you are required to pay, but will get the money back if you appear in court. The money is forfeited if you fail to appear in court.

How does a surety bond work?

This is the most common type of bond. A bondsman pledges to pay the bail amount if you do not appear in court; you pay a bail premium (usually a percentage of the total bail).

How do I find a bail bondsman?

Most jails have a list of acceptable bondsmen. Use our marketplace to find providers in your area. Consult with your lawyer as they have experience and will know which bondsmen the court will accept.

How much do I pay a bondsman?

It is your responsibility to find out exactly how much you will be paying the bondsman to prevent financial compliance issues that could land you back in jail.

What other requirements come with a bond?

Many requirements often include things like house arrest, 24-hour alcohol monitoring, installation of an ignition interlock device, drug and alcohol screenings, and drug/alcohol counseling.