Obviously, if you’ve been charged with a crime, your goal is to have the charge dropped or be found not guilty. Sometimes, that’s just not possible. If you are facing incarceration for a DUI/DWI or another non-violent crime, you may well be able to serve your sentence without having to be locked up.
Like other states, Maryland offers electronic monitoring to some people in an effort to reduce the overcrowded conditions in our jails and prisons. This is commonly known as “house arrest” or “home detention,” even though it typically doesn’t require staying at home all of the time. Those in the program are generally allowed to go to work and school as well as participate in court-ordered rehabilitation programs and community service.
Electronic monitoring can also be used as an alternative to pretrial incarceration. It may be used as a condition of early release or probation.
Understanding the rules is crucial
If you’re going to pursue house arrest as an alternative to jail, it’s crucial to understand what it involves and be confident that you can abide by the requirements and restrictions. Your location will be tracked by an electronic device – typically an ankle monitor – via GPS. People in these programs are monitored by law enforcement personnel within the county.
You may have other restrictions, depending on the offense. For example, those with electronic monitoring devices are often prohibited from drinking. Some monitors can even detect alcohol consumption through a person’s perspiration.
Violating the terms of house arrest can land a person in jail for the remainder of their sentence. It can potentially even get additional penalties and charges added on, depending on the violation. That’s why it’s wise to have experienced legal guidance to help you determine whether this is a good option for you and, if so, help you seek the option of house arrest.