Alternative Sentencing for DUI Convictions
Being convicted of DUI can have significant effects on an individual’s life, even for first time offenders. One of the most undesirable results of a DUI conviction is having to serve jail time. No one looks forward to spending time in jail, and many people who are charged with DUI can’t afford to take time off work, so the prospect of jail time threatens their very livelihood. However, there are other penalties that someone convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense may face, and an experienced attorney can help you fight all of these penalties.
If you’ve been charged with DUI, you need an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side to help you fight these charges. An Arizona DUI attorney from Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., can make sure your rights and interests are protected throughout your case. Contact us today at 602-510-9999 to learn more.
Options Other than Jail
Although first time offenders in Arizona are usually required to spend at least 24 hours in jail, many are given penalties other than further jail time. The following are some alternatives a judge can order:
- Work Furlough – An individual is allowed to go to his or her regular job during the day but must return to a state monitored facility in the evening to stay overnight
- Work Release – Allows a person to attend a court-ordered job, usually physical labor, during the day while being allowed to return home to sleep at night
- Inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment – A person can be assessed for drug and/or alcohol dependency in lieu of jail time and can spend time in an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation facility
- House arrest – a person is confined to their home using a monitoring device that alerts the authorities if the person leaves the perimeter
- Transdermal monitoring – A person is required to pay for and wear an ankle device that detects any alcohol consumption for a period of time
Your options will vary depending on the circumstances of your arrest, but a skilled attorney may be able to have the charges against you, and any resulting penalties, reduced in severity or dismissed entirely.
Facing a DUI charge can be a scary and uncertain time, but an Arizona DUI lawyer from Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., can help. If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, our skilled attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and interests, so contact us at 602-510-9999.