Not all DUI convictions end up in the slammer. You can keep your driving privileges but with restrictions like an ignition interlock device in your car or court-mandated daily driving plan. However, not all people are familiar with house arrests. As the term implies, the person can continue to stay at his residence and resume normal life.
Of course, the law won’t leave it just like that. In exchange for this low-level sentence, the person must follow any court-mandated lifestyles like curfews and travel restrictions. Possibly the most notable feature of a house arrest is an electronic monitoring anklet or bracelet called the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) system.
Produced by Alcohol Monitoring Systems based in Littleton, CO, the SCRAM system works by detecting alcohol via the person’s perspiration. The device is highly sensitive; just a small sip of beer can alert authorities to the wearer’s residence. The California Penal Code permits house arrests via this method under Section 1203.016.
More importantly, house arrest costs will be shouldered by the person, including the SCRAM system. Those without the ability to pay for house arrest aren’t necessarily excluded from the program. Given the pros and cons of house arrest, it’s prudent that you consult a defense lawyer before entering a plea bargain that involves this form of incarceration.