Drunk Driving:

Booking and Bail


After a drunk driving arrest occurs, police generally process or “book” a suspect. The process of booking commonly involves the following:

  • Recording of a suspect’s personal information (name, physical description, etc.)
  • Description of or information about the crime committed
  • Criminal background search of the suspect
  • Fingerprinting, “mug-shots”, and full body search of person and belongings
  • Confiscation of personal property carried by the suspect
  • Placement of the suspect in the local jail or holding cell


Bail happens when an arrested DUI suspect agrees to pay money in order to obtain his or her release from police custody. As part of the release agreement, the suspect agrees to appear back in court for all scheduled court appearances including arraignment, preliminary hearings, pre-trial motion, and the trial (if a trial is necessary). In many states, bail is set through a “bail schedule” or set payment amounts for specific crimes.

The following criteria may be used to determine the amount of bail:

  • Your history of DUI and any other relevant criminal history
  • The seriousness of your DUI offense in terms of possible injury you may have caused to others by your actions
  • Your family and community ties, as well as you employment record and your ability to pay court fees and fines