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Horry County Jail
4150 J Reuben Long Ave
DUI in Horry County
A recent interview from an inmate at the Horry County Jail revealed that she was held over night, went to see the judge and was released with the stipulation that she pay SR-22 (special insurance for those with DUI's) and her license was suspended.
All things considered she was really lucky. First of all she's lucky that she didn't hurt herself or somebody else. Also, legally she could have faced much more serious charges and a stiffer sentence. It is not uncommon to spend several days or even weeks in jail for a first-time DUI, especially in South Carolina.
How does bail work?
If you know somebody in Horry County Jail that has not been sentenced yet they probably have bail set. Bail will be more expensive for more serious crimes (and it is even possible for a judge not to grant bail). If bail is set at $10,000, for example, you need to give the court $10,000 for them to release you. This money will be returned to you when you show up for your trial or sentencing. Think of this as the guarantee that the court needs that you won't run (and if you do this money can be used to hunt you down).
Most people, however, can't afford to pay their bail so they elect to use a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman will post bail in your name in exchange for you paying a percentage of bail which will not be returned to you. This is their profit. So assuming you have $10,000 bail but you don't have enough cash to pay for it a bail bondsman would probably charge you $1,000 to post bail in your name. If you show up to court they pocket your $1,000 but if you run away they are out $10,000. They probably won't be willing to post your bail if you seem to be a flight risk.
Bringing stuff to inmates in Horry County Jail
You are allowed to bring HCJ inmates prescription medications (they will verify with the doctor that the prescription is valid), prescription eyeglasses and money. Prescriptions can be brought anytime but money and glasses can only be brought Monday-Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM.
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