Some New Hampshire who are charged with DUIs have limited or no experience with the criminal justice system. Knowing what happens after motoris are arrested because of a suspicion that they were drinking and driving can help people understand what they might expect. Here is a brief explanation of the booking and bail process following a DUI arrest.
Booking process after a DUI arrest
After a police officer arrests someone for a suspected DUI, the person will be transported to the police station or local jail to go through the booking process. The officer will collect the person’s contact and identity information and write down details of the alleged offense. The person will be asked to submit to a breath or blood test. He or she will be photographed, and the officer will take his or her fingerprints. The officer will also conduct a criminal records check, search the defendant, and take his or her personal belongings. Finally, the arrestee will be placed in a cell.
Bail or bond after booking
After people been booked into custody, they may be released on his or her recognizance. This means that they will be released with the promise to attend all court dates. In other cases, bail may be set. This is a cash amount that must be paid to secure the person’s release from jail. Some people who cannot afford to pay the bail might instead choose to go through a bail bond company. These companies require a nonrefundable deposit and collateral and post the bail for them. If they do not show up for court, the collateral will be seized. People who do not show up to court will also have warrants issued for their arrest.
Getting charged with a DUI can be scary. Many people who are arrested for DUI offenses have never been in trouble before. Working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer might help people navigate through the process. An attorney may be able to obtain a more favorable plea agreement on the client’s behalf.