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From custody to bail after a DUI arrest

There are significant life events you always want to remember – being arrested for an alcohol-related offense isn't one of them. A drunk-driving arrest can be unnerving. It can be less disturbing for Maryland defendants who are aware of the procedures that follow an arrest.

After you've been taken to a police station, you'll be booked. An arrest record will include information you provide, including personal details and statements related to the alleged DUI charge. It's always advisable to wait until you speak or meet with an attorney from our DUI criminal defense firm before saying anything at all.

Booking also includes fingerprinting and "mug shots." An officer will take your personal effects and give them back upon your release. It's likely you'll be placed in a holding cell while waiting for a bail determination.

A judge could decide to release you on your own recognizance. Your word becomes your bond to show up for scheduled court appearances. If you break that promise or ignore conditions placed on the release, you will be arrested with little or no option for bail.

A judge also could chose to release you on bail. In this case, your money provides the guarantee of a return for an arraignment and all subsequent court dates. Judges work with bail guidelines but are permitted to make bail conditional and set an amount in consideration of a defendant's record, community ties and alleged offense.

When bail is unaffordable, a defendant or someone acting on his or her behalf may be permitted to post a bond, a percentage of the full amount of bail. Bonds can be paid by bail bond agencies, in exchange for a fee and sometimes additional assurances you won't disappoint the court by failing to show up. If you don't honor the agreement, the person or bail bond agency who posted bond must pay the entire bail amount.

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