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Treasure Coast Bail Bond

Under both the Florida and U.S. Constitutions, if you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, or Okeechobee, you have the right to a reasonable bail bond.  When you are arrested for DUI, the bond amount is predetermined by a bond schedule set by the court.  A bond schedule gives people arrested for DUI the opportunity to post an indicated amount of money, also known as bail, so he/she does not have to wait in jail before seeing a judge. If you know someone who has been arrested for DUI, but do not know how to help them post bail, or if you don’t know the bail bond amount, please refer to the resources link on this site and proceed to look for the county jail link where that person is being detained. The deputy assigned to the "booking desk" should be able to provide you with the information you need.

If you need to post bail, either for yourself or on behalf of someone else, it can be done in one of two ways: you can post the full amount of the bond at the county jail, which is referred to as a "cash bond," or you can choose to go to a bail bond agency. When a bail bondsman is used, the defendant or his/her family only pays 10 percent of the total bail amount. This percentage is called a "premium." Once the premium has been paid, the bondsman will post the full amount the bail is set at. There are a number of reasons why people choose to use bail bond agency: convenience, time of arrest, or inability to pay the full amount.  In cases where a cash bond was posted, and the defendant made all of his/her court appearances, the person who posted the bail receives the full amount back at end of the case.  Unfortunately, if you used a bail bond service, then you are not entitled to the 10% premium you paid.

If you are arrested for DUI in Stuart, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, or Okeechobee, but are unable to post bail, then you will be brought before a judge within 24 hours. When you are brought before the judge, he/she will determine if there is a probable cause of arrest. If there is no probable cause for arrest, then you will be released on your own recognizance, also called a “ROR” bond.  However, if probable cause does exist, then the judge is obligated to set a reasonable bail amount, and should take into consideration following:

  • the nature and the circumstances of the offense, and the penalty provided by law;
  • the weight of the evidence against the defendant;
  • the defendant's family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, financial resources, and mental condition;
  • the defendant's past and present conduct, including any record of convictions, previous flight to avoid prosecution, or failure to appear at court proceedings;
  • the nature and probability of danger which the defendant's release poses to the community;
  • the source of the funds used to post bail;
  • whether the defendant is already on release pending resolution of another criminal proceeding, or on any probation, parole, or other release pending completion of sentence;
  • the nature and probability of intimidation and danger to victims; any other facts that the court considers relevant.

In some cases, bail is either denied completely or is set at an amount that is so high that it equates to no bail at all.

Conditions for Release in all DUI Cases:
Florida Statute 316. 193(9) specifically states that an individual may only be released from custody if:

  • The person is no longer under the influence and;
  • The person's normal faculties are no longer impaired
  • The person's blood/breath alcohol level is lower than 0.05; or
  • Eight hours have elapsed from the time the person was arrested

For your convenience, we have provided a list of preferred bail bondsman on the Treasure Coast in our resources section.
If you have been arrested for DUI and need assistance in obtaining a bail reduction hearing, or a hearing to have bail set in Martin County, Saint Lucie County, Indian River County, or Okeechobee County, contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

David Golden P.A. - Stuart Criminal Defense Attorney
Located at 903 SE Central Pkwy Stuart, FL 34994. View Map
Phone: (772) 220-4400