House Arrest in Los Angeles, CA

Alternative Sentencing Options in California

In Los Angeles, a defendant may be able to avoid sitting in jail by serving time on house arrest—which is also known as electronic monitoring, home confinement or home detention. It is a workable alternative for many people who meet the eligibility requirements. At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, we have had many defendants complete their time on house arrest and never set foot in jail. Please contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at our firm to learn more about alternative sentencing such as house arrest and electronic monitoring. You may be eligible.

Who is eligible for home confinement?

Participation in electronic monitoring may be court-issued or your lawyer can ask the court to have you assessed for eligibility. Even if you are already in jail, you may be eligible to serve out the rest of your sentence on house arrest. The Los Angeles electronic monitoring program considers offenders for house arrest who have committed either felonies or misdemeanors. Offenders with a history of violence, or who have committed drug crimes involving sales or manufacturing, or sex crimes are generally not eligible.

Electronic Monitoring Conditions

If you are eligible for house arrest, the court will determine your monitoring conditions—that is, what you are allowed to do while you are being electronically monitored.

Some of your conditions and restrictions may include the following:

  • Most often allowed to go to work and school
  • May be allowed to attend medical appointments
  • May be subjected to alcohol and drug testing
  • May be required to attend an alcohol/drug program
  • May be subjected to curfew restrictions

Once deemed eligible, the County of Los Angeles Probation Department contracts with a company that you will be referred to in order to obtain your monitoring equipment.

How does electronic monitoring work?

The company providing the electronic monitoring device will provide status and non-compliance reports to the Probation Department. Depending on your living situation, your equipment will operate through your telephone, wirelessly or through a GPS system. You will be required to wear an electronic bracelet with a sensor on your ankle at all times, and the distance you can go from home is programmed into the bracelet.

If you try to tamper with the system or go beyond the programmed area, it will be reported to the Probation Department. Also, please be aware that if you violate your electronic monitoring conditions, you can be re-arrested and put in jail. Although there is a cost to participate in house arrest, the amount can be determined by your probation agent using a sliding fee scale that will be based on your ability to pay.

What if I violate the terms of my home detention?

When you are put on house arrest, you will be fitted with an electronic monitoring device. If you tamper with this device (i.e. try to take it off) or go beyond the designated boundaries, this information will be reported to your probation officer. Under California probation laws, your probation officer does not need to rely on an arrest warrant in order to make an arrest. After being taken into custody, you will need to attend a probation hearing, wherein you would have the change to explain your side of the story.

If the judge decides that you have violated the terms of your house arrest, they could revoke this privilege altogether and order you to serve out the rest of your sentence in county jail or state prison. If you have been accused of violating the terms of your home detention, it is imperative that you get in touch with a criminal lawyer at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners immediately. We can fight to ensure that you do not have to spend any time in jail. Call now to set up a free initial consultation with the firm.

Other Alternative Sentencing Options in California

House arrest is just one option to consider if you are looking for an alternative to jail. You may also be eligible for other sentencing programs such as diversion, community service and city jail/private jail. If you have a job that you don't want to lose, a family that needs you or treatment that must be accessed outside of a jail setting, you have plenty of reasons to request house arrest or another alternative to jail. We can help you and look forward to your contact to schedule your consultation.

We invite you to contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at your earliest opportunity if you are in need of an alternative to a straight jail sentence.