Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense and, therefore, can result in jail time if convicted. Whether or not jail is part of the sentence depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness of the offense (misdemeanor or felony), whether there was an accident which resulted in injury or death to another person, and whether the person accused has any prior DUI convictions or criminal record.
A good DUI lawyer will work with Judges and prosecutors to avoid a jail sentence by proposing alternative sentencing options. For example, community labor or community service work are two alternatives that may be used in lieu of jail. Also, in coordination with the probation department, a person could serve his or her jail sentence on electronic home monitoring (also known as house arrest). The individual is usually allowed to leave home for work and other necessities. This allows the person to avoid losing his or her job due to being incarcerated for an extended period of time.
There are other probation terms that your DUI attorney can propose in some situations to eliminate jail. For example, enrollment in an alcohol treatment program or mandatory attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can be substituted for a jail sentence in some cases.
Berglund Law Office, P.C. is dedicated to helping its clients obtain the best alternative sentencing options for their specific situations. If you have been arrested for DUI, submit our CONTACT form or call our office today at (877) 667-1205 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.