Is Home Detention an Option for Me?

Posted by Craig Penrod | Sep 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Arizona, some jurisdictions currently offer home detention in lieu of part of a jail sentence on a DUI. Currently, the law allows home detention for the remainder of any jail sentence after the first 15 days have been served on work release.  Requirements are that a person must not have any prior convictions for violent offenses and that he or she abstain from alcohol.  You must have a land phone line in order that a home sobrietor can be installed for random alcohol monitoring.  A home sobrietor is a device attached to your phone that allows the monitor to call periodically and require you to provide a breath sample for alcohol testing. It usually has voice recognition software to assure the detainee is person providing the sample. A radio transmitter in the form of an ankle bracelet is worn to assure the detainee remains within approximately 150' of the home unless he is at work or some other approved location at the approved time.  The cost must be borne by the subject, but it is usually significantly less than the jail fees charged by Maricopa County. As of January 1st, 2012, home detention will be allowed in all jurisdictions after 20 % of the initial jail sentence has been served. It's fairly restrictive, but it sure beats Tent City!

The Law Office of Craig W. Penrod has been involved in criminal and DUI defense for more than 20 years.  Contact the DUI lawyers at the Law Office of Craig W. Penrod for a free initial legal consultation if you find yourself facing DUI or criminal charges.

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Craig Penrod

Craig W. Penrod was born and raised in Arizona and has practiced criminal defense for over 30 years. Mr. Penrod is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, State of Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


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