What Happens after a DUI Arrest in Oklahoma County?
When an Oklahoma County DUI traffic stop results in an arrest, the person is typically taken directly to jail. However, which jail the person is taken to depends on the law enforcement officer that arrests the suspect for DUI. This article explains the process of being released following a DUI arrest in Oklahoma County and the important things to keep in mind during the process of getting yourself or a loved one out of jail following a DUI in Oklahoma County.
DUI Arrest Process in Oklahoma County
As stated above the police officer or sheriff’s deputy that arrests a person for an alleged DUI offense in Oklahoma County has some discretion in where a DUI suspect is taken after arrest in Oklahoma County. Additionally, determining where someone will be taken following a DUI arrest can be confusing in and around Oklahoma City due to the county lines between Oklahoma County, Canadian County, and Cleveland County.
In Edmond, Edmond police will often take someone to the Edmond police department following an arrest for DUI in Edmond. However, due to the County Line of Oklahoma and Logan County crossing in Edmond, it is possible to be arrested for DUI in Edmond and be taken to the County Jail for either Logan or Oklahoma County. The County Line is on the far north side of Edmond; however, it is important to be aware, if you have a loved one arrested for DUI in Edmond.
Additionally, Edmond police will often take a suspect arrested for DUI in Edmond to the Edmond Police Department, instead of the Oklahoma County Jail to avoid exposing someone arrested for DUI to one of the most dangerous jails in America, the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
It can also be confusing identifying where a loved one will be taken following a DUI arrest by Oklahoma City Police, as Oklahoma City crosses three counties. An individual arrested for DUI south of 89th street in Oklahoma City may be taken to the Cleveland County Detention Center and individuals arrested for DUI in west Oklahoma City may be taken to the Canadian County Jail. However, the most common location a suspect is taken following a DUI arrest by Oklahoma City Police is the Oklahoma County Detention Center, unless the individual is taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
When an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputy arrests someone for DUI in Oklahoma County, i.e. a DUI checkpoint or rural Oklahoma County, then the DUI suspect will be taken to the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
It can be a scary moment finding out that a love one has been arrested for DUI in Oklahoma County; however, it is important to be proactive and contact an experienced Oklahoma County DUI defense attorney to assist you with obtaining their release. Cannon & Associates is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for every client we serve and we are glad to assist your family in the process of obtaining your loved one’s release following arrest for DUI.
What Happens after a DUI Arrest in Oklahoma County?
Now that we have covered where someone is likely taken following a DUI arrest in Oklahoma County, let’s discuss what happens following a DUI arrest in Oklahoma County. The baseline is the person arrested for DUI in Oklahoma County will be held in the custody of the arresting officer, until transferred to the facility or detention center that will hold the DUI suspect until their release or appearance before a judge.
Often after a suspect is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or DUI in Oklahoma County, they will be taken to a medical facility for a blood draw to determine the blood alcohol content of the DUI suspect. Alternatively, those arrested for DUI may be taken to the police department or sheriff’s department to conduct a breathalyzer test, such as the Intoxilyzer 8000, which is more accurate than field breathalyzer devices.
However, once the officer that placed the DUI suspect under arrest has concluded testing, the individual will be taken to a detention facility. It is a scary and stressful process being handcuffed and taken to jail. However, it is important to remember there is a defined process for getting a loved one out of jail following a DUI arrest in Oklahoma County and we are here to help you and your family.
Upon arrival at the detention facility or jail, following a DUI arrest in Oklahoma County, the individual will be held at “In Processing” or “Booking” at the jail, until the intake/booking process is complete. Anyone arrested, including DUI suspects, will be photographed and fingerprinted, their property will be inventoried, and a long wait follows. Upon completing the book-in process, which typically takes multiple hours, your loved one will be assigned a pod and/or cell in the jail to stay until released.
The jail or detention center you are taken to following an arrest for driving under the influence in Oklahoma County can vary widely. The holding cells at the Edmond Police Department are typically empty, as compared to the Oklahoma County jail, which is over capacity. Wherever your loved one is taken following arrest for DUI in Oklahoma County, it is best to post their bail or hire a bondsman as soon as possible to secure their release.
What is the Release Process following a DUI in Oklahoma County?
In Oklahoma County, when you are arrested the law requires you receive a bail amount, including bail for a DUI arrest. Bail is the amount of money that must be surrendered to the Sheriff or Court Clerk in exchange for a suspect’s release from custody. When bail is posted on a DUI case it is a promise to return to court or else the bail will be surrendered and a warrant will issue.
There are two options with posting bail: pay in full or hire a bondsman. When you post bond directly with the Sheriff or Court Clerk the funds are due in full; however, they are also returned in full at the end of the DUI case. Alternatively, when bond is posted by a bondsman, you will not get a return on the funds given to the bondsman.
In Oklahoma County, the Sheriff’s Department has a “Bond Schedule” that they use to determine bond for each person arrested, until that individual is able to appear before the Court. When you are arrested for a first-time DUI offense in Oklahoma County the bond will likely be $1,000. However, if an accident occurred with the DUI, if it was an injury DUI, or a felony DUI, then the bail will increase.
The purpose of bail is to ensure a suspect will return for court and to protect the community. Due to the common nature of driving under the influence in Oklahoma, bond is relatively low and can often be posted directly by the family of someone arrested for DUI. However, until a bondsman is hired or you satisfy the bond with cash, the accused will remain in jail, unless a judge grants an OR Bond or own recognizance bond.
When you or your family decide to work with a bondsman, they will post the bond for your loved one directly with the Sherriff’s Department and secure your loved one’s release from jail following a DUI. However, you will be charged ten to twenty percent of the total bond by the bondsman, in order to obtain your loved one’s release following a DUI arrest in Oklahoma County.
There are many reputable and respected bondsman in Oklahoma County. It is a personal decision whether or not to retain a bondsman to secure your loved one’s release following a DUI arrest in Oklahoma County. We highly encourage you to obtain the release of your loved one following their driving under the influence arrest in Oklahoma County.
DUI Attorney Assistance in Securing Release
Experienced DUI defense attorney assistance can expedite the process of having your loved one released from jail following a DUI arrest. Your Fierce Advocates® at Cannon & Associates are dedicated to serving families facing DUI defense in Oklahoma County and beyond. We can assist you in identifying a reliable bondsman and seek reduction of bond by filing a motion with the Court or seeking the DUI prosecutor’s agreement to reduce bond.
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If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence or DUI in Oklahoma County or beyond, we encourage you get in touch with one of the skilled and experienced DUI lawyers, here at Cannon & Associates. We have the privilege of serving families facing DUI and the court system every day and are here to assist you through this confusing process.
We offer free case strategy sessions to understand your circumstance and answer your questions about the process in a confidential setting, whether you decide to work with us or not.