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What happens after a drunk driving arrest?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2020 | Drunk Driving |

In Oregon, the legal process begins when a motorist is pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. There are numerous things that occur afterward that a motorist must face. Here is some information on what happens after the DUI traffic stop.

The first thing that happens after an arrest is that suspects are taken into custody and booked. There, the police will take information from them and collect their fingerprints. They will be placed in a holding cell or taken to the local jail. They are kept there until bail is set and they can post the bail.

With regard to bail, they will need to pay a sum of money that is set by the court in order to get out of jail before their trial. Most defendants will have bail set very shortly after their arrest at the police station. If not, it will be set by a judge. Sometimes, motorists will be released on their own recognizance. The amount of bail and how it is set depends on the driver’s criminal history. The goal is to spend as little actual time in jail as possible although it is beyond their control. Once they are arrested, the system will determine when they can leave jail, although they cannot be held indefinitely without a valid reason.

When people are arrested for a driving under the influence, they need the help of an attorney to help them navigate the criminal law system. A DUI conviction can result in steep fines and jail time. The lawyer may help a client negotiate a plea bargain if it is being offered. If there is no deal, or the terms are too harsh, the attorney could help a client fight the charges in court.