Assuming that you are found guilty of a DUI. You're going to jail? Not necessarily so in California, especially in the San Francisco and Bay Area, where space in the jails is limited. There are sentencing alternatives available to satisfy the jail requirement. Your DUI lawyer should negotiate an alternative sentencing option that meets your needs.
Work release: If you have a significant amount of time to do, you can go to work by day, and sleep in jail by night. This allows you to keep your job during this difficult period of time.
Electronic home monitoring: This program keeps you at home and work, and living a relatively normal like, except for that ankle bracelet you're wearing.
Rehabilitation programs. If you have a serious alcohol or drug problem, a rehab program can be credited toward jail time, and at the same time, you obtain benefits from a quality program.
Sheriff work program or community service: This option gets you outside to help clean up the community or work in a community program. It can be used not only for jail time, but also as an alternative to some of the fines. Some of this may be laborious, but in the end, you go home after you're done.Ask your DUI lawyer whether he can get you into any of these programs before you go in for sentencing.
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