Traveling With a DUI

Many people wonder – What are the travel restrictions for someone with a pending DUI case? And the answer is annoyingly, that it depends. If you have paid a cash bond, or you didn’t need to go through a bondsmen, you are allowed to travel out of State, as long as you don’t miss a required court day, and as long as the conditions of your bond are set. If you hire a lawyer, a lot of times the lawyer will be able to excuse you from your initial court day, the arraignment and typically a pre trial conference as well.

In Florida there is the opportunity sometimes for pre-trial release, where you have to report every once in a while to a supervising officer. If you post to a cash bond and there are not any additional conditions on your release, all you have to do is make the relevant court dates. And if you hire a lawyer from an established firm, you’re going to be excused from your arraignment day, which is your first court day after you get out of jail. You also won’t have to attend your pre-trial conference, which is typically your second day. You have a couple months where you can go and do your thing and travel as long as you’re not missing court dates. Since you’ll be covered by an established firm, you won’t need to worry about this first couple of court dates. The exception is if you have a bondsman. This is because they are the ones that are financially responsible to make sure you make all the relevant court days. You have to get there OK.

This is because their money is on the line. If you’re not familiar about the way bondsmen typically work is, there will be a bond set, you’ll pay them 10 percent of whatever the bond is. You don’t get that money back; that’s how they make their money, and they put up the rest of the bond as a loan. And then if you take off, or go to Japan and never come back, they are on the hook for that money. Because of that, they going to be making their own independent assessment regards to each client as to how much the risk they see them to be. Maybe you’ve heard a lot of people get approval from certain bondsman to travel out of State, or even out of county. But they decide for whatever reason that you’re too much of a risk to allow that to happen. If that’s the case, unfortunately you have to respect the bondsman’s instructions, because they have the right if they feel like you’re not going to listen to them, or they are worried you’re not going to show up for your court day, they can come off your bond, and what that will do will justify a new arrest, you have to re-bond out.

Lawyers are often familiar with bunch of bondsmen in town, and the truth is a lot of times with bondsmen, if they know you’ve been hooked up with the reliable and established law firm, they may give you a little more slack and you may have less DUI travel restrictions while you’re out pending the resolution of your case. This applies to traveling out of the country as well.

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