“I don’t like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.”
Does anyone like jail? Not really. Whether sentenced to a short period or a very long time in jail for your criminal conviction, jail is an incredibly undesirable place. And mandatory jail time means that you are taken away from work and your family. If you recently gotten into trouble with the law in Orlando, you may be asking yourself…are there alternatives to jail that apply to my case? Whether alternatives apply to your case depends on the specific facts of your case, but there certainly are various alternatives to jail in Orlando.
Criminal punishments in Orlando include: jail time, fines, probation, community service, mandatory treatment programs (at your own cost, of course), permanent mark on your criminal record. And how exactly are you supposed to pay for the heavy fines and expensive treatment programs if you can’t work while you are in jail? House arrest, if available is a potential solution to this quandary. This is a particularly viable option for first-time DUI offenders in Orlando. An Orlando House arrest deal is essentially a court-supervised arrangement in which you are “doing the time” without actually being in jail. Not surprisingly, you give up a lot of the freedoms you typically enjoy at home, but a much more appealing way to spend your time than in jail.
Here are some benefits of house arrest over jail time in Orlando:
- Continue to work: In a typical Orlando house arrest arrangement, you are allowed to leave the house to go to work. Although this is probably the ONLY time you are ever allowed to leave the house while on house arrest, it nevertheless represents a fantastic opportunity for many to continue making money while simultaneously serving time for their criminal conviction. While on house arrest, you will be required to remain in your home during all non-work hours and wear an electronic ankle monitor that tracks your location at all times.
- A more comfortable punishment: A punishment nonetheless, serving time from your home rather than behind bars is a much better deal.
Another check built into the house arrest arrangement in Orlando is the requirement that you have a land line at your home. Throughout the course of the house arrest, the Arrest Deputy in the case will call at various hours to make sure that you are home when you are supposed to be. Breaking this requirement or any of the other conditions attached to your specific house arrest arrangement will likely land you back in jail.
The attorneys at Finebloom and Haenel P.A. know how difficult not being able to work can be following a criminal arrest in Orlando. When any alternative to jail time is an option, we work hard to get it for our clients. Give us a call today for a free consultation on your case. We look forward to hearing from you today!