Clear Recovery Center can help individuals convicted of DUIs find alternate sentencing.
The consequences when one is faced with a charge of either Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving while Intoxicated (DWI) can have a long impact on the person convicted, whether it be an adolescent or an adult. If convicted, drivers often have to serve jail sentences, pay substantial fines and often have their driver’s licenses suspended.
Despite this, many courts have developed alternative programs that offer more flexibility when mitigating punishment. Though still designed to ‘punish’ a driver who has been convicted, they can also provide help by introducing them to recovery and educating them on the subject.
Types of DUI Alternate Sentencing
Good time or work time custody credits are available in many California jurisdictions. Custody Credits work as hour-for-hour exchanges of punishment against the hours that would have otherwise been spent in jail. This includes community service, freeway cleanup, electric monitoring, sober living, alcohol and drug rehab, AA meetings or participation in a MADD Victim Impact program.
Ignition Interlock Devices
Another sentencing alternative that may be available is the installation of an ignition interlock device – equipment attached to a vehicle’s steering column which requires a driver to provide an alcohol- free breath sample before starting the car – and the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, or SCRAM, which measures alcohol with a device attached to the DUI offender’s ankle.
Work furlough is another option of alternative sentencing that allows a convicted DUI driver to go to work during the day and check into a dormitory-style housing facility at night. Another option is work release, which allows DUI offender to go to an approved job location during the day and return home at night.
A skilled criminal defense attorney who focuses on California DUI defense can evaluate each case to determine whether sentencing alternatives may be available, and Clear Recovery Center can help get you connected.