This is a question that I get regularly when someone's friend or family
gets arrested for DWI in the middle of night in Houston. For a first time
offender, the bond should be set at $500 if they have never been arrested
for any other crime. For a second DWI, that amount increases to $1,000.
The bond amount really takes a jump on a third DWI. The main reason for
this is because after the second DWI any DWI arrest is classified as a
felony. Thus, the bond is set at $10,000 for a person's third DWI.
There are other felony cases that are felonies such as DWI with a child
passenger, intoxication assault or negligent homocide. Those bond amounts
range from $2,000 to $25,000.
Please keep in mind that those amounts are assuming that the person does
not have any other arrests outside of the previous
DWI when applicable.