Recalling my one and only DUI, I decided I wanted to share my experience and give what information I had to help others who may find themselves in this situation in the future. The first thing I have to say is, don’t drink and drive! Even if you are fine, you can still get people hurt or end up in jail like me. As you can expect it is not a pleasant experience and my first. Things like family and work swirl around your head as you try to anticipate what is going to happen to you. Anyways, I was arrested and taken to the county jail.
I remember when I received my first and hopefully last DUI. It happened to be the first time I was ever hauled off to the county jail. Let me tell you, that was one of the worst feelings I have ever experienced. I was terrified and my mind kept running through all the worse scenarios that I could think of. Would I lose my job, would I be able to recovery from this and what will I do? Even though I had not had much to drink the breathalyzer at the checkpoint, indicated it was still too much. And I forced into a situation that I knew little about.
I was processed in the mid to late afternoon on a Thursday. I ran through what you would expect, fingerprints, mugshots, the whole thing. After hours of this and waiting, I saw a public representative and was given my court date and set bail. The first thing I thought upon seeing the set bail was “I cannot pay that”. After the shock, I was given a phone book with the numbers all nearby Brazoria County Bail Bonds. Now, I have always seen them around local jails and knew that they lend you money to get out of jail. That was about the extent of my knowledge.
So, called up what looked to be the best place and gave them a call. I explained my situation and how I have no idea what I am doing. The Lady laughed and told me I called the right place. She informed me that this was a common occurrence and that she can handle the whole bail process. The first thing she explained was that was in charge of covering about a small percentage of the bail. Which is a whole lot better to deal with than before. Also, that this was a loan and that I would be given an interest rate that I would have to pay back. Then came making the payment plan, we talked for several minutes before we came to an agreement. She insisted on knowing if this was going to cause me any hardships, because it was important to find a solution that worked for me. If not I could face things like repossession if I was unable to pay. Which her nor myself wanted to have to deal with. After everything was ironed out, I was released a few hours later.
Being able to return to work and deal with the case ahead of me, was terrifying. But, it was far better than doing it from a cell, that I know for certain. I cannot imagine the difficulties I would have faced while in jail. Which I owe that to the bail bondsmen, even with the interest payments I’m still paying off. But, without them I do not know how things would have turned out for me in the long run. Things like these are not fun to face, you must take persuasions and know what your options are when you do end up in these situations.