Bail is cash, bond, or property that someone who has been arrested gives to ensure they will appear in court when ordered. If they do not show up on their court date, they have the right to keep the bail and issue a warrant to arrest them. In Ohio, you will be given the opportunity to post bail for a DUI. There are several types of bail you may be eligible for. To learn more, continue reading below.
If you are charged with a DUI, you should contact an experienced Cincinnati DUI lawyer at Luftman, Heck & Associates for help. We will stand by your side throughout the entire legal process and help you receive your best outcome. Call us today at (513) 338-1890 for a free consultation.
What Happens After an Ohio DUI?
If you are arrested for a DUI in Ohio, the police officer may release you or hold you in a local jail. Regardless of what charges they choose to invoke, you will be assigned a court date, which you will be required to attend. In the event the police officer opts to hold you in jail, you are given a chance to post bail and be released.
The posting of bail involves the paying of money. There are specific factors, such as the nature of your DUI and the bond schedule of the jail you are held that will determine the amount you will need to pay. If you do not have any previous convictions in Ohio, you may be able to post bail right before you are held in jail.
Types of Bail in Ohio
There are three different types of bail in Ohio including:
- Recognize Bond – The recognize bond is known as a signature bond and is the most cost-effective bond available. It is also the most popular type of bond because does not require any money to be paid to the court to release you from custody. If you select a recognize bond, you promise that you will appear in court at your scheduled time. This bond will only be an option for you if you have a clean criminal record.
- Standard Bail Bond – Also known as a 10 percent or appearance bond, the Standard Bail bond requires you to pay a deposit of 10 percent of the bond amount that is stated. At the end of your case, 90 percent of your 10 percent deposit will be refunded. If you fail to appear in court when you are ordered to, an arrest warrant will be issued, and your deposit money will not be returned. In the event that your charges are dismissed, or you are not found guilty, you will receive 100 percent of your deposit.
- Cash or Surety Bond – If you have a cash or surety bond, you can choose whether you would like to pay the full amount (cash bond) or hire and pay a bondsman to post an insurance notice stating you will appear in court (surety bond). If you decide to go the surety bond route, you will need to pay a bondsman a premium so that they can issue the insurance policy to the court.
Contact a Cincinnati DUI Lawyer
Posting a bond for a DUI can be complicated. If you’re interested in posting one, you should reach out to Cincinnati DUI lawyer Bradley Groene at Luftman, Heck & Associates for help. We can educate you further on your options and ensure your rights are protected in your DUI case.