Law enforcement officials frequently warn partygoers to plan a safe ride home, but that’s not to say that people are immune to making bad decisions.

When someone is under the influence of prescription drugs, street narcotics or alcohol and they choose to get behind the wheel of a car, they are likely to wake up in jail. Below we’ll fill you in on what you can expect after a DUI arrest.

Pulled over and detained

In most cases, when someone is arrested on DUI charges, police will read the defendant their Miranda rights and transport them to the county lock up for booking. If the jail is very busy (which is typical during a holiday weekend) it may take several hours before the jailer starts to process the arrestee’s intake paperwork.

If the defendant is extremely intoxicated, the jail may hold off on booking them until they sober up.

When the jail does start the booking process, they’ll ask the defendant to provide basic information, such as their name, date of birth, address and social security number; they’ll also fingerprint and photograph the arrestee.

If the person in custody is arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges, there is a chance they may be released on their own recognizance. On the other hand, if they’re booked on felony DUI charges, they will absolutely need to post bail bonds in order to be released from custody.

If someone you care for has been arrested on New Year’s Eve and you have questions about whether they’ll need to post bail bonds, we can help. Call our office now to speak with a licensed agent in your area.

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