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How Much is Bail for a DUI in Los Angeles California?

In Los Angeles, for a first time DUI offense, bail is $2,500 (in 2017).

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, the costs can accumulate quickly. You may lose time from work, you might need to get an attorney, and you’ll likely need to pay court fines and costs associated with alcohol programs. Before you can get to any of that, you’ll need to make bail. The costs for bail can range from reasonable to extremely expensive. It all depends on your own unique circumstances including what city you are in, your representation, and the judge’s decision.

The cost of bail often increases every year or every few years.  We have updated this article for 2021.

The Difference Between a First Offense or Multiple Offenses

Penalties will be more significant if you have prior DUI convictions. A first-time DUI offender in California can face up to six months in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. If you have a prior DUI on your record within the past ten years, the amount of jail time you could be facing, and the total cost, increases. Felony DUI charges occur when someone is injured during the incident. The bail is typically $100,000 in Los Angeles County.

Before you can worry about the aftermath of your decision to drive while intoxicated, however, you must get out of jail.

What Exactly is Bail?

When you’re arrested for a DUI, you’re sent to jail and processed. This means you’re not able to go to work, see your family, or do the things you would normally be doing in your life. The quicker you can get out of jail, the quicker you can get back into the swing of things. Bail is an option that allows you to give the courts money, property, or some other form of collateral as a promise that you’ll appear in court when you’re ordered to do so. If you post bail and do not show up to court, a warrant for your arrest will likely be issued.

How Much Will Your Bail Be?

Bail not only varies by state; it also varies by county – sometimes significantly. It’s possible you may not have to post bail and could be released on your own recognizance (O.R.), meaning you would get out of jail free.

Most of the time, people who are arrested for misdemeanor crimes are released on O.R. after an overnight stay in jail.

In some circumstances, you may need to wait to see a judge before you’ll know how much your bail will be. This could be the case if you’re a repeat offender or were arrested on a felony charge. However, each jailhouse will have a posted bail schedule.

Here’s a look at a few California counties’ DUI offender bail schedules:

CountyFirst Offense
Los Angeles County$5,000
Ventura County$5,000
San Bernardino County$25,000
Orange County$50,000

Options for Paying Bail

Obviously, the costs of bail can be steep. You can pay your bail in cash, but your money will be tied up in the court system until your case is resolved. Alternatively, you can contact a bail bond agency. These companies post bond on your behalf with the promise that you’ll go to court on your scheduled court date. This can be a good option for people who can’t pay the full amount because bail bondsmen only require you to pay a percentage. In California, this percentage cannot exceed 10 percent.

Understanding how the laws may impact your quality of life is important for people facing DUI charges in California. Contact a DUI attorney who can help you understand your best options in this tumultuous time.

Contact us today if you need to speak to a DUI attorney in Los Angeles. The fastest way to contact us: 310-820-1315

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