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Alternatives to Jail Time

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Here’s a revelation that may surprise you. Many people are sentenced to jail, but many of them never step one foot into a jail cell.

There are laws that allow for defendants to complete their jail time in alternative programs. The Law Offices of Stull & Stull are experts in finding alternatives to incarceration. Many of our clients are business people and / or have families and other serious commitments, and cannot afford to be taken into custody. Our office works hard to explore and use every possible alternative for them, thus often avoiding actual jail time. The following are a list of alternatives to being incarcerated or taken into custody.

Home Electronic Confinement

Home electronic confinement can be arranged by either the probation department or a private company. This type of sentencing requires a person to remain at home, but at the same time, allows you to continue the activities which are necessary to your well-being and existence (such as attending work, school, Dr. appointments, attorney, court or DMV appearances, shop for necessities, care for your children and / or provide necessary care for a loved one who may be ill or otherwise unable to care for themselves). There is usually a nominal cost that is associated with the program.

CalTrans Work

Many people who are sentenced to jail time, end up doing CalTrans work. CalTrans is a work crew that you may see when you are driving down the freeways of California. They are a group of people (usually dressed in orange vests) who are appointed through the courts to keep the freeway areas clear and clean of trash and other debris. They are also involved in various other state improvement projects, as ordered by the program. You receive credit for your work on the crew to satisfy your jail time commitment.

Community Service Work

Each court has a separate office responsible for assigning community service work to individuals who are approved by the prosecutor and judge to perform duties to assist various organizations within the community (in lieu of jail time). 8 hours of community service basically converts to 1 hour of jail time. This is an excellent alternative, as some defendant’s believe that their community service work is much more needed and worthwhile to the community, rather than simply sitting behind bars in jail.

Private Jail / Work Furlough

In some instances, where the judge requires that you serve actual jail time, many people choose to serve their sentence in a private jail facility. This alternative can be somewhat costly, however, in a private jail, there are many instances where you can get work furlough privileges. Work furlough privileges means that during the day you are allowed to go out and work at your regular job and after work, you are required to spend the remainder of the evening back in the private jail. While you do remain incarcerated, this option does allow you to still keep your job.

Sober Living Programs

Some clients that are convicted and sentenced to jail time as a result of a drug or alcohol related charge want to be productive in the time that they spend while incarcerated. County jail does not afford very many programs that assist individuals in becoming sober or help with a drug related problem. As an alternative, the Law Offices of Stull & Stull has many contacts with drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

These programs are allowed by law to credit, day for day for time spent in the program. The individual in this program is required to spend their evenings and stay in the program, which does include regular drug and alcohol testing as well as other types of monitoring to ensure you are in fact complying with the program requirements.

In some programs, you are allowed to go out and work during the day at your regular job as a part of your rehabilitation, providing of course, that you remain in and comply with the program’s requirements. But it takes a skilled legal team to help you make the case for this kind of treatment.

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