House Arrest After Your DUI Conviction: What You Need To Know

Posted on: 22 March 2018


At the sentencing for your DUI conviction, one of the punishments that the judge may order is house arrest. House arrest is often offered to first-time DUI offenders or to those who opt to take advantage of a plea bargain. Here are a few things that you need to know if house arrest is part of your punishment for a DUI.

1. Some States Combine House Arrest with Alcohol Monitoring

There are multiple types of monitoring equipment used for individuals who are under house arrest. The conventional monitoring bracelet only tracks your location so that the authorities will know if you leave your home.

A different type of monitoring bracelet known as the SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) bracelet also tracks the defendant's alcohol levels. Many judges order defendants to stop using alcohol as a condition of their house arrest. Bracelets that monitor alcohol levels use the defendant's sweat to determine if any alcohol has been consumed. If you have this type of bracelet, you need select your topical personal care products with care. Products made with high levels of alcohol can also set your bracelet off.

The SCRAM bracelet does not detect illegal drugs; however, you should still avoid using these substances. Illicit drug use is not only illegal, but also a probation violation.

2. You May be Responsible for the Costs Associated with Your Monitoring Equipment

House arrest is often permitted in lieu of conventional jail time. Though it is technically still a punishment, most jurisdictions view house arrest as a privilege.

Since house arrest is an entitlement not offered to every defendant, you will have to cover the costs of your monitoring equipment. Even with the additional expenses, most defendants prefer house arrest. It permits them to still see their loved ones, keep up with household responsibilities, and maintain some semblance of their every lives. If you have a job, you can continue to work and earn an income.

3. The Judge May Permit You to Leave Your Home for Certain Situations

Despite the name, some individuals under house arrest are allowed to occasionally leave the house. If you have a job, the judge may let you leave your home to go to work. Defendants who have children may be permitted to take their children to and from school or daycare. Your sentencing may require that you attend Alcoholic's Anonymous (AA) meetings, outpatient rehab, or alcohol education classes; the conditions of your monitoring also enable you to go to these court-ordered activities. Time will also be allotted for transportation to and from these events.