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Alternatives to Jail for a DUI

Most individuals who are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) simply can’t afford to go to jail. Surely, you’d probably agree that overnight is more than enough! If you were arrested for DUI in Orange County, California and the state has sufficient evidence to convict you of DUI, you’re probably feeling pretty nervous right about now. What will be your fate?

We have encouraging news: If the odds are stacked against you (you made a mistake and the state has the evidence to prove it) and you’re willing to accept a plea bargain, there may be alternative sentencing options available to you in lieu of an extended stay at the Orange County jail. Just about everybody finds an alternative to jail appealing.

Alternative Sentencing Options

The repercussions of a DUI conviction are far-reaching and can adversely affect several aspects of your life. If you were sent to jail for six months, what would happen to your job? How would you support your family or pay your bills? If you don’t have a criminal record, how would you hold up in jail surrounding by hardened criminals?

Fortunately, the courts were smart and developed alternative sentencing programs, which give authorities more flexibility when it comes to handing down a punishment. By “alternative sentencing” options, we’re referring to an alternative to a jail or prison sentence. When someone is arrested for DUI in California, their alternative sentencing options may include:

  • Community Service
  • Caltrans Freeway Cleanup
  • Enrolling in a Sober Living Program
  • House Arrest with Electronic Monitoring
  • Private Jail with Work Furlough Privileges

If you hire an attorney who does not specialize in DUI defense, such as the guy who handled your car accident or your divorce, he may not be aware of the alternative sentencing options available. If he does know about them, he’s probably not familiar with the most effective ways to persuade the prosecutor or judge to agree to them.

This is just one of the reasons why you need to hire a Board Certified expert in DUI defense, such as Virginia L. Landry. Not only is she one of OC’s top DUI attorneys, she is a proud member of the National College for DUI Defense.

Contact us without delay to schedule your free case evaluation!