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What Is Bail?

When a person is arrested after a DWI charge, he or she may be held in jail by the court until the state can bring the case before a judge. In most cases, the judge can place the person under bail. Holding a person “under bail” means that the individual can be released from jail if they pay the bail amount as set by the judge. In these situations, a person may choose to pay their bail amount so that they can go home until their hearing.

If you’ve been arrested on DWI charges, you may face the serious criminal penalties that are associated with a conviction. To learn more about how an experienced legal advocate can help you battle these charges, contact Raleigh drunk driving lawyer Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.

Things to Know About Bail

Bail is a value set for each jailed individual that roughly reflects the possibility of them running away from the authorities until the time of their court hearing. For instance, this means that a person with a history of criminal violations may see a significantly higher bail amount or may be refused the option of bail altogether if arrested.

The following facts may prove useful for those facing bail payments:

  • Bail amounts are constitutionally required to be reasonable
  • Bail can be paid through cash, property, bonds, or through a special waiver
  • Bail is returned to the defendant once they attend their court date

Many people opt to pay the bail amount set for them rather than wait in jail until the time of their court hearing.

Contact Us

If you’ve been charged with DWI, your case can have a major impact on your personal life and professional reputation. For more information regarding your defense options after an arrest, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black by calling 919-600-4609 today.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

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Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: (919) 600-4609
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