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 under 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
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
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.