Picture this: You’re arrested for a DUI for the first time and wonder if you’re going to go to prison for your crime. Fortunately, you might not have to worry about that, because first time offenders could see very little time to no time at all in prison. In fact, in many cases, you may be offered a plea bargain, which is pleading guilty so that you can accept a lesser charge. This will often give you the choice of an alcohol diversion program, or community service. Sometimes, you may receive the option of house arrest for a DUI, which is spending time confined in your home as an alternative to jail time.
How Long Will I Be on House Arrest? What Restrictions Are There?
In some jurisdictions, you may find that the judge on your case will allow you to serve some of your DUI sentence under house arrest, or all of it. However, even though it may not seem like it, house arrest is considered to be a privilege and not a right. It acts much like probation, where you are given a chance other than prison time.
When you are under house arrest, you may not think that you can leave your house at all, but this is not always the case. There are some places you may be able to go, such as:
- Meeting with a probation or parole officer in their office for regular appointments
- Sometimes out of the house for certain reasons if you obey curfew
- Sometimes traveling to work and then straight home
- Sometimes to drug/alcohol treatment, DUI school, counseling, and more
Sometimes, a judge won’t just order house arrest without you bringing up the reasons why you believe it may be best in your case. Other times, the court may be skeptical to give you house arrest as an option, since it is known as less punishment than prison time. You will need an attorney on your side who can prove to the court that it is in your best interests. Call us for more information on how we can help.