Can you get home detention instead of jail time in California?

| May 1, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

After a criminal conviction in San Diego, California, you might have sentencing options you never knew existed. For example, home detention (or house arrest) may be a possibility. 

Before you decide that house arrest is for you, it is wise to learn more about this option. Many find it nearly as hard to remain confined in their homes as they do a jail cell, which emphasizes the importance of defending yourself as soon as possible after an arrest. You also need to understand that sometimes home detention is ordered regardless of the person’s wishes.

What are the rules of home detention?

There are far too many rules to list all of them in a blog post, and often,  regulations center on specific crimes and individuals. However, the section below contains a few established rules to help you learn more:

  • You must remain inside the home (in most cases) and cannot lounge outside.
  • You will undergo electronic device monitoring during your home detention sentence.
  • You must allow authorized parties entrance to the home to verify your compliance.
  • If allowed to leave the residence for work, healthcare or other authorized outings, you must return to the home within the specified time.
  • You may have to pay at least a portion of the costs associated with house arrest.

Not all crimes qualify for house arrest. Further, at any time during a home detention term, an authorized party may order you to finish your sentence behind bars (especially if you’re found to be in violation of the rules you’re supposed to follow).

If you have not yet been tried and convicted for your alleged involvement in a crime, reach out for legal guidance as quickly as possible. A proper defense may be able to help you avoid detention altogether.