Tuesday, 06 April 2010 05:30

Jail Sentence Alternatives For Drunk Driving in San Diego

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Instead of going to jail, there are quite a few alternatives available to drunk driving offenders in San Diego which are outlined below:

"Weekend Jail" - Others call it "City Jail" and is available in some police departments. With this program participants check themselves into jail and stay there for the whole weekend. This makes it easy for the offender to go to work during the week.

House Arrest - The person has to wear an electronic monitoring device all the time and stay within the vicinity of their residence. They could also work it out so that the wearer can attend school or go to work, however they have a curfew and must return home by a specific time.

Work Release - The participant works at a job site chosen by the court or Probation Department. They work at the site for eight hours, however, they can go to their own home at night to sleep.

Work Furlough - The offender works their regular job during the day, but they have to go to a dormitory-type facility to sleep at night.

Alcohol or drug rehabiliation - The majority of the time spending time in jail does not fix the problem for DUI repeat offenders. Attending an alcohol or drug rehabiliation program can help people with their underlying psychological or emotional problems surrounding their addictions.

Sober Living Home - This is a type of living situation where everyone assigned to live in the home has to work on combating their problems with alcoholism or drug addiction. Most of the time the residents in a sober living home have to take 12-step classes or have one-and-one time with a rehab counselor.

Make sure to hire a DUI San Diego attorney who is experienced and is familiar with these types of jail alternatives. Your attorney can figure out which jail alternative would probably be the optimal choice for your specific DUI case. The laws are different for every state, so it's best to consult with your attorney.

Maria Palma is a freelance writer committed to helping people with their DUI in San Diego. Make sure to hire professional and experienced DUI lawyers in San Diego. Read the San Diego DUI Blog.

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