Misdemeanor Bail Policies

Misdemeanor Bail Policies in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado Counties

Sacramento County will almost always release people from custody on an individual’s promise to appear in court about three weeks after they are released from jail. This is called release on one’s own recognizance or as it is more commonly called, OR’d.

If you are arrested for a DUI and suffered one or more prior convictions in the past 10 years, you will almost certainly have to deal with the issue of bail at your first appearance in court. It’s a bad idea to bury your head in the sand and get ambushed in court. The amount of bail being
ordered is not small and you will be taken into custody unless you resolve your case right then. If this is of concern to you, give the Law Office of Denis White a call so that we can explain your options.

Yolo County has a Misdemeanor bail schedule that indicates a first offense DUI requires bail in the amount of $10,000 in order to be released from custody. A second offense goes up to $20,000 and a third offense is even higher at $30,000. If you are on Misdemeanor probation at the time, you can add another $10,000 to the previous figures. If your case involves injury to someone other than yourself, the bail will likely be even higher.

Placer County Misdemeanor bail begins at $5,000 for a first offense but increases to $10,000 if your BAC is .15 or higher or you are driving recklessly. A first offense DUI, with a child in the vehicle causes the bail to be $7,500.

If you are arrested in Placer County and have one or more prior DUIs (even ones that are too old

to count as priors) you should expect the bail amount to increase by $10,000, $20,000 and more.

El Dorado County requires $5,000 bail on a first offense DUI. This same offense jumps to

$15,000 if you refused the chemical test. If you have one prior DUI in the previous 10 years the

bail will be $10,000. A DUI with two priors in the past 10 years requires bail in the amount of

$15,000. If your BAC was .15-.19, add an additional $5,000. If the BAC is .20 or more, add

$10,000. If you are on Misdemeanor probation, add another $2,500 to the amounts listed above.