A bulk of the people who contact Louisiana Bail Bonds need bail following a DUI arrest. Most of these individuals are good people who simply made a bad choice and are desperate to return to normal life. If you have just been arrested for a DUI in Louisiana, there are a few things you need to know.
The first is that you might have to remain in jail for a while. The reason for this is because the policy is that you can’t be released until you’ve sobered up. The more you had to drink, the longer you’ll remain incarcerated.
The cost of your bail is the next thing to consider. The exact amount of the bail required can vary depending on if this is your first DUI if you’re facing any additional charges, and if anyone was hurt because you decided to drink and drive. If this is your first DUI and you don’t face additional charges, your bail should be about $5,000. If you have that amount, you can pay it yourself. If you don’t, you can contact Louisiana Bail Bonds and we’ll see what we can do. If we sign a contract with you, you’ll owe us $500 which will not be returned to you.
Once you are released from jail you’ll need to act quickly. The first thing you should do is arrange to get your vehicle. It was most likely impounded following your arrest. Getting it back means paying the towing bill and covering the impound fees. Most impound lots charge for each day your car is there, so it’s in your best interest to get it back as quickly as possible.
The next thing you want to do is contact the DMV and arrange a hearing. It’s the DMV, not the court, that determines if you can keep driving following a DUI. If you contact the DMV within 10 days of your arrest, you can arrange a hearing and argue that instead of suspending your driver’s license, they should fit your car with an ignition interlock device. The device includes a breathalyzer. If you breathe into it and don’t have any alcohol in your system, you’re free to drive. If you’ve been drinking, the ignition remains locked.
If you don’t book a hearing with the DMV, your driver’s license will be suspended within thirty days o your arrest.
If you need help covering your bail following a Louisiana DUI, you should contact Louisiana Bail Bonds. We offer an assortment of services that will appeal to you. Reasons to contact us include: