3 questions and answers about house arrest

By Jonathan Blecher on November 17, 2022

After getting a DUI, especially for the first time, many people fear that they will be charged fines or end up in jail. However, even first-time offenders in more serious cases are given an alternative to jail, such as house arrest.

According to Florida Statutes Chapter 948.001(3), house arrest is a form of community control where officers closely supervise an offender at their private residence. The offender has to wear an ankle bracelet that allows officers to monitor their movements.

If you’ve recently received house arrest as a sentence, you may want clarification about what it involves. Here are three common questions and answers concerning house arrest:

Does being on house arrest mean I have to stay home 24/7?

You’re allowed to leave your home, often under certain time and location restrictions. You can go to work, school, religious services, medical appointments, court, and any required treatment programs. In addition, you can have visitors, but you need permission from your probation officer beforehand. These devices are GPS trackers.

Is house arrest something I can choose for myself in some cases?

A court has to grant you house arrest, which depends on the severity of your offense. To meet house arrest eligibility, the offense in question needs to be non-violent. Plus, it has to be your first criminal act.

Are ankle monitors waterproof? How do I bathe or shower with one?

You don’t need to worry about ruining the ankle bracelet since it’s waterproof. That being said, the water threshold varies from monitor to monitor, so it’s best to check with your probation officer to see how much water it can handle.

House arrest doesn’t just let you serve your criminal sentence in the comfort and familiarity of your home; it reduces jail overcrowding. It’s often part of a plea deal. Experienced legal guidance can help you understand more.

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