After booking the defendant, the arresting officer files a probable cause affidavit with the court. The judge reads this report and checks the defendant’s criminal history. The seriousness of the allegations and the length of the defendant’s prior arrest history are probably the 2 most important factors in determining the amount of bail set by the judge.
For misdemeanors, bail is often set as low as $500 for hot check cases, and as high as $10,000 or more for family violence assaults. Most first time DWI bail amounts will be between $1500 and $3000, if the defendant has no prior arrests. There is no set schedule for this though; so the amount may be higher depending on the judge that initially reviews the case.
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