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DUI Sentencing alternatives in San Francisco


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11/17/2008
Anders Johnson
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You've been found guilty of, or plead guilty to, a DUI.  The judge has sentenced you to do at least two days in jail.  However, "jail" can mean many things, if the judge allows it, in San Francisco.

The most common sentencing alternative is the Sheriff's Work Program.  You can schedule it at your convenience.  It involves somewht physical work, such as cleaning up streets and sidewalks in San Francisco, or on the highway.  You check in in the morning, and go home at night. 

Another possibility is community service.  If you have physical limitations or injuries, you can do work in an approved community service program.  This involves little or no physical labor, and could also be used to pay some of the DUI fines.

Electronic monitoring is used for sentences that are significantly longer than two days.  They allow some flexibility, and freedom.  You can go to work, do your counseling program, and basic living chores, with some limits.

Work furlough is also available for longer sentences, and allows you to go to work each day, and then go to jail to sleep.  The main advantage to this program is that you get to keep your job and earn money.  However, you pay for the work furlough program.

Overall, there are alternatives to basic jail time.  Contact a San Francisco DUI attorney to get the program that suits you best.



Category: DUI and DWI Laws For California


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