If you are convicted of a crime or decide to plead guilty, the next phase in your criminal case would be your sentencing. One option that would be better than being sentenced to jail or prison would be to be placed on house arrest. Here’s what you need to know about whether you are eligible for this program and how it works in Virginia.
Are You Eligible for House Arrest?
House arrest is referred to as the home-electronic incarceration program in Virginia. The objective of this program is to allow an individual to maintain their employment while they are serving their sentence. In order to be eligible for house arrest, you must meet these requirements:
- You must have been convicted of or pled guilty to a non-violent crime.
- You generally must be given a sentence of less than one year.
- You may be required to be gainfully employed.
Where Are You Permitted to Go When on House Arrest?
Most people placed in the home-electronic incarceration program will not have to stay in their homes all the time. You will most likely be permitted to leave to go to work, doctor appointments, and other approved activities.
It is important that you comply with the conditions of your house arrest. If you violate the rules, your house arrest could be revoked, and you may be resentenced to a harsher penalty.
How Are You Monitored While on House Arrest?
You will be required to wear an ankle bracelet at all times that will track your location. In addition, you will be supervised by a probation officer, who may require you to comply with other requirements of probation.
Will You Have to Pay the Costs of Being On House Arrest?
Yes, you will be required to pay the costs of the ankle bracelet and its maintenance. If you fail to pay these fees, these costs can be garnished from your wages under Virginia law.
How Long Will You Be Incarcerated at Home?
If you are placed on house arrest, your sentence may be longer than if you are sent to jail or prison. In addition, you are not given any time off for good behavior under this program. You will have to successfully complete your entire sentence.
Have you been charged with a criminal offense in Virginia? Our experienced criminal defense lawyers can mount an aggressive defensive strategy for you and help you weigh whether house arrest would be a good option for you if you are convicted or plead guilty. To learn more about how we can assist you, start a live chat or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today.