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What Is Bail?

What is bail and how does it work? Essentially, when somebody is arrested for a crime, they can post a bail amount so that they can have their freedom while their criminal case is pending. There are two ways to post bail.

Either number one, you post the entire bail amount on your own or number two, you hire a bail bondsman and pay them a percentage at which you don’t get back at the end of your case. So if your bail is 100,000, you can either pay the 100,000 in full and get it back at the end of your case, or you can pay 7 to 10% of that, which is 7,000 to 10,000, to a bail bondsman and not get that back.

Another consideration with bail is something known as a bail hearing. This is an opportunity for your defense attorney to ask the judge to lower your bail amount or to release you without bail. There are two considerations in a bail hearing.

Number one, whether or not you are a flight risk, and number two, whether or not you have ties to the community. Flight risk essentially means that you’re likely to leave the country to avoid your criminal case. Ties to the community involve whether or not you own a home here, whether you’re married, how long you’ve been employed somewhere, whether you have kids or dependents such as your parents or kids that are depending on you. In order for you to get more information on bail, we ask you to give us a call so we can give you more information. Thanks for listening.

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What Happens after a 2nd or 3rd DUI Offense in California?

What happens if you are arrested for a DUI and it is your second or or your third offense? The main differences in a second or third DUI versus a first DUI is that if you were to take a negotiated deal, also known as a plea bargain, you could be facing harsher consequences in a second or a third offense.

The main thing to consider is potential jail time. If you are looking at a third offense, you could be looking at some jail time with a minimum of 120 days. You could also be facing higher consequences as far as a DUI program is concerned. Generally, for a first offense, it could be three, six, or nine months, versus a second or third offense, which could be up to 18 months of a DUI program.

You may also have to put an interlock ignition device or a breathalyzer on your vehicle for either six to twelve months, depending on the number of DUI’s you’ve had on your record. Another consideration is also probation. It could be two years, three years, or five years depending on what your attorney negotiates for you. At Lamano Law Office, our main goal is to keep you
informed. If you’ve been arrested for DUI, either as your second or your third offense, please give us a call and talk to an experienced DUI attorney so we can give you information, and thanks for listening.

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