Drunk driving is a criminal charge and the consequences for a DUI vary depending on what your DUI lawyer can negotiate as a jail alternative. You may have to deal with probation, community service, home monitoring or work crew. Read on and find a good lawyer.
Not every drunk driving crime requires mandatory jail time. Probation is often granted in lieu of jail so long as all the conditions of probation are satisfied. Depending on the jurisdiction, your attorney might be able to work out an alternative to jail such as community service, home monitoring, or work crew. While not all jurisdictions offer such alternatives, many states feel compelled to because of overcrowded jails and fiscal limitations.
Home Arrest: Some jurisdictions will allow you to go to your job during the day so long as you return home and stay home after work and on the weekends. The police are able to monitor your whereabouts by attaching an electronic bracelet around your ankle. Violations of your home arrest can result in immediate incarceration.
Community Service: Some jurisdictions will allow you to perform community service. Sometimes this means going into your community and working without compensation. The number of hours that you perform community service is usually credited against the jail time you would have served. Violations of your community service obligations can result in immediate incarceration.
Work Crew: Many jurisdictions have some form of work crew program where you are ordered to work for the state without pay.
A popular program is road and highway sanitation. For a set number of days, you report to cleanup crews and pick up trash. The number of hours that you perform work is usually credited against the jail time you would have served for drunk driving.