NO JAIL, ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING
Even in the case of a conviction or a plea bargain, a skilled defense attorney tries to obtain alternatives to jail for their clients.
Alternatives to jail include:
· Electronic Monitoring
· Work Release or Work Furlough
· Alcohol or Drug Rehabilitation
· Sober Living
An experienced criminal attorney fully explores each of these options, and bases his goals on the individual facts of each case.
Electronic Monitoring: Also known as “House Arrest.” This involves wearing an ankle bracelet that electronically monitors the whereabouts of the wearer. What most people do not know is that the wearer can usually go to work or to school, but must be home at an appointed time.
Work Release or Sheriff Work Alternative Program: This involves working at a site determined by the Jail personnel (Sheriff Department). You work during the day, but get to go home at night to sleep.
Work Furlough: This allows you to keep your job and go work and make a living during the day. At night, however, you sleep in a dormitory-style facility, and then go to your own work once again during the day. (Not Available in All Counties)
Alcohol or Drug Rehabilitation: Sometimes a DUI or drug related arrest is merely the symptom of an underlying addiction issue. For those cases, rehabilitation is a much more attractive option than extended jail time. A skilled criminal defense lawyer will know how to obtain this type of relief for his clients. The defense attorney should stress to the prosecution and the judge that this is a much better solution than jail, and in cases of addiction, a superior alternative. At the very least, a proficient criminal Attorney will attempt to reduce the Jail time to the statutory minimum.
Sober Living: These are houses, both for men and women, where all of the residents are sober and must maintain sobriety to stay in the house. The structure of each house is different, but residents are usually required to attend a 12-Step meeting daily, participate in house groups, and perform chores. For those people that are multiple offenders and have not responded to past attempts at treatment, this environment may greatly improve the quality of their life. This can often be utilized by skilled criminal defense attorneys to help their client avoid lengthy jail sentences.