A DUI case might start as a misdemeanor. If the driver was just drinking and driving and their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over 0.8, they will be charged with a DUI. However, the charges can quickly change into a felony. For example, if the police find:
they can charge the DUI as a felony. If someone was killed in an accident, the charges could change into manslaughter or even murder.
What happens after an arrest in San Diego County?
- The defendants are taken to the police station where they are booked.
- The bail is set. The amount varies, depending on the driver’s history and depending if the DUI was charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony.
How Much Is DUI Bail in San Diego County?
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- You call us as soon as possible.
- We look up and find the charges and the bail information.
- We offer free inmate information data search.
- We go through the bail bond application with you.
- We find a solution to pay the bond.
- We will put up the full bail amount for you, that is our Job.
- We post the bond with the jail, making sure that your loved one will appear as directed by the court.
- The jail will begin the process of releasing the person in custody (the defendant).
- Your loved one can be released from jail once they are deemed sober.
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What Happens in Court in a DUI Case?
- The court will schedule criminal proceedings for the DUI.
- The defendant is going to have to pay a certain fine.
- The defendant will have a specific amount of probation.
- The defendant may lose their license.
What to Do When Pulled Over for DUI?
- When an officer suspects a driver of committing a traffic violation, they will initiate a vehicle stop.
- The police might initiate a vehicle stop when one or more of the following situations exist:
- they see a vehicle being driven above the speed limit.
- they notice a broken tail light.
- they notice that the vehicle has an expired license.
- they notice an illegal u-turn.
- they see a vehicle being driven erratically.
- they see a bottle being thrown out of a vehicle.
- The driver should have the driver’s license and insurance information handy. If the information is not at hand, they should not start digging around for it, or the police might suspect they are hiding something.
- The driver should keep the hands on the steering wheel or in their lap.
- The driver should not exit the vehicle or make any sudden movements.
- If the driver is asked to exit the vehicle, they must comply.
- The officer will check the driver license information.
- If the officer suspects the driver is intoxicated (smells alcohol, notices empty bottles) they will ask the driver to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) or Breathalyzer test. The driver can refuse, but the officer can still have probable cause for arrest.
- The driver can be arrested not only when driving drunk, but also when they are under the influence of drugs or medication.