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Bonding Out After A Daytona DUI Arrest

If you are arrested for a DUI in Daytona Beach there are 3 ways you can get out of jail. A DUI case has some special conditions that must be met prior to release. To be let out you must have a breath alcohol content below .05%, no longer have your normal faculties impaired or wait 8 hours after arrest. What this means is that the jail will typically hold someone accused of a DUI for 8 hours after arrest.

The three ways to get out are by pre-trial release, posting a cash bond or using a bondsman. Each way to get out has advantages and disadvantages that I will discuss below.

Being released to pre-trial release or pre-trial services is the free option. That is the advantage. The disadvantage is that you will basically be on probation during your case. If you don’t go to an appointment, test positive for drugs or alcohol or violate any other condition of release you will be thrown in jail without bond or with a much higher bond.

A cash bond will be applied to your court cost if any of the charges stick. If the charges are dropped it will be returned with the clerk taking a small processing fee. The disadvantage is that after a DUI arrest you might need to hire an attorney, sign up for a DUI class, get your car out of impound, pay for a hardship license just to name a few. Tying up around $1,000 with a cash bond might not be a good idea with all the expenses you could be facing.

Using a bondsman limits your expense to the greater of $100 or 10% of the total bond. This ties up less money than posting a cash bond and avoids the supervision of pre-trial release. The downside is that the premium paid to the bondsman is not refunded when the case is closed. Usually in a DUI case this is around $100 unless you have multiple charges. 

If someone you know is arrested for a DUI contact Daytona Beach DUI attorney Kevin J. Pitts for a free case evaluation at 386-451-5112.