Bail for DUI in Napa County

The local rules for paying bail after a drunk driving arrest

Bail -- the money you must pay to the court to ensure that you will show up at all required court appearances – is typically paid at arraignment or soon afterwards. If you’re arrested for a DUI in Napa County, you will be booked and held in jail until you post bail. In some cases the judicial officer may waive payment of bail on the condition that you appear in court when required (released on one's "own recognizance" or “OR”). Occasionally, a defendant may be denied bail and forced to remain in jail (for example, a felony DUI resulted in serious personal injury and the judicial officer believes the defendant poses a “flight risk”).

What is the bail for a DUI in Napa County?

The Napa County bail schedule sets the following guidelines for bail:

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

$5,000

DUI with three priors

$100,000

DUI while causing injury

$100,000

DUI vehicular manslaughter

$100,000

Defeating interlock device

$5,000

Increasing or reducing bail

Keep in mind that these sums are not fixed. The judicial officer can increase the bail based on the number of priors, the type of injury, and other aggravating factors (for example if you failed to show up in court in the past). 

In today’s anti-drunk-driving climate, it is often a challenge to convince the judicial officer in Napa County to reduce bail from the amount established in the schedule. However, you are more likely to see bail reduced (or waived -- OR status) if it is a first offense without a collision or injury, a borderline BAC (close to .08), and you have ties to community, a steady job, no previous record, and family members living nearby. You may have better luck reducing bail if you seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in DUI defense in the Napa County area.

Paying bail

You must either

  • pay the full bail amount,
  • submit property equal in value to the bail,
  • post a bond guaranteeing payment (arranged by a bail bonds agency) or
  • have bail waived because you will be released on your own recognizance.

If you paid bail, then after you shown up for all required court appearances, your bail is refunded minus a small administrative fee. 

 

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