If you have been charged with a DWI offense, then you will be arrested and you will go to jail. There is no way around this in the criminal justice system. An officer is obligated to arrest you and get you off the road. That means your next stop is your county jail. Unless you are endlessly wealthy, you likely are not going to be able to get out of jail without some help from others. Your family cannot just bail you out by going to pay the jail $10,000. You have to work with an intermediary to take your bail money and to trigger your release from jail following an arrest.
As with many arrests, you do not have to stay in jail following your booking if you can post bond. Bail bonds are a long-time money-maker for the jail system, and they help ensure that you will show up for your court date. A judge will set your bond at the jail and either your attorney’s office or a bail bondsman will post bail for you—usually about 10-15 percent of your bond rate. You will then repay the entity that posted bail for you. Keep in mind that you’ll usually pay a fee for your attorney to post bail for you, but often you can apply that fee to the legal fees you owe your attorney.
Many people have a difficult time coming up with a large chunk of money to post even the bond — sometimes $500 — and so many alleged offenders sit in jail for a long period of time until the family members or friends can pull the money together. This creates great financial strain on many people, and so your attorney can work out a plan with you as you are trying to post bond. No one should have to go into debt to post bond, but it is a reality in the criminal justice system. What you’ll want to do is ask your attorney the fine print of having the firm post bond for you. There are many different payment plans — and there often is the option to get all of your fees rolled into one. Your attorney can explain the details of what will be required of you to get the money you need to post bond and to finally get out of jail.