Riverton man posts $10K bond for felony arrest in LanderDec 21, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Wrier
A Riverton man was able to post a $10,000 surety bond this month after being in jail since October for his fifth driving under the influence arrest.
Charles Ariks, 32, of Riverton, was arrested at about 5:15 p.m. Oct. 31 for DUI, according to Lander Police Department reports.
The charge was enhanced to a felony after authorities learned it was his fifth DUI in 10 years.
An affidavit in the case states Ariks had previously been arrested Dec. 16, 2008; Aug. 13, 2009; June 30, 2015; and March 17, 2017. All but the first incident were charged through the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court; the charge came Lander Municipal Court.
During a Monday bond hearing, bail bondsman Craig Zibell appeared in court to speak about his commitment to pay the money.
Judge Robert Denhardt was cautious about approving the posting, stating that bondsmen only tend to guarantee future court appearances, and they don't necessarily guarantee the defendant will keep his bond conditions.
"This court has other conditions," Denhardt told Zibell, noting that if Ariks breaks any of those conditions, the money Zibell gave could be forfeited.
For example, Denhardt said, if Ariks is arrested, cited or charged for any offenses while on bond, Zirbell's money could be forfeited.
He did note it would be up to the court to decide wether the bond would be returned, but given Ariks' history Denhardt said, "I won't be very sympathetic."
Zibell said he understood, noting that he had his own stipulations for Ariks to follow while on bond.