If you are charged with any type of crime that could result in jail time, there is a chance you might be able to forego the jail time and serve your sentence through house arrest. House arrest is an alternative option for a jail sentence, but it requires following strict rules. Here are several things to understand about house arrest, how it works, and what is expected of you if you serve your sentence with this method.
You can still go to work and to a few other places
House arrest is like being in jail in a sense, yet it offers a way to be more comfortable and have more freedom. One type of freedom you will likely have is the freedom to go to work each day, as long as you have a job. You might also be allowed to attend church services or go to doctor appointments. You must get approval to do any of these things, but at least you would have the option to do them. If you were in jail, you would not have the ability to do these things in any capacity.
You will have to wear an ankle bracelet
Secondly, you will be required to wear an ankle bracelet or some other type of monitoring device. This device lets the officials know exactly where you are at all times, and it is designed to keep you where you are supposed to be at all times. If you go somewhere you are not supposed to go, you could end up facing more problems.
You have to pay to do it
Being on house arrest is not free, and this is something you should know before you do it. You will have to pay monitoring fees for it, and you may have other fees to pay. You will find out before house arrest begins how much it will cost.
There are pros and cons of being under house arrest
If you have the option of choosing jail or house arrest, you should weigh the pros and cons of each option before choosing. Some of the main pros of being under house arrest include that you have more freedom and the ability to continue working. Some cons include that you will have very strict rules to follow and will have to pay for this service.
Serving a jail sentence at home is a better option than going to jail in most cases. If this is what your desired outcome is for your case, make sure you hire a criminal attorney for help.
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