An Alternative to Jail-time Potential Option for DUI Offenders in CA

A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol in the state of California can have long-lasting consequences. For first-time offenders, the law in California is pretty straightforward.

A first-time DUI conviction carries a fine of up to $2,000. Depending on the circumstances, a first-time offender may also face a maximum jail sentence of up to six months – freedom many cannot afford if they are attending school or need to work to provide for their family.

Fortunately, Los Angeles County and many other areas of the state have offered an alternative solution to serving time in jail: electronic monitoring.

What is electronic monitoring?

Electronic monitoring is an alternative way for DUI offenders to carry out their sentences. In lieu of going to jail, qualified individuals can complete their sentencing from home and can only leave under the following circumstances:

  • Driving to work and school
  • Attending medical appointments or counseling
  • Fulfilling childcare obligations
  • Alcohol and/or drug testing

How it works

Participants are fitted with electronic bracelets they wear on their ankles. The ankle monitor or bracelet is coded with specific criteria, including the timeframes they are authorized to leave their home.

If they violate the terms of the monitoring program, either by unauthorized leave or by tampering with the device, the at-home sentence could be revoked. Offenders would likely be sent to jail, without the ability to go to work or go to school, to serve out their remaining term.

Specific circumstances

Since all situations are unique, speaking with a qualified attorney who knows this area of law in thorough detail is a good first step to determining if a specific situation would potentially qualify for the electronic monitoring option in lieu of jail time.