Being convicted of driving under suspension, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or other criminal offenses in Bucks County PA will often result in mandatory jail time, significant fines, excessive court costs and the loss of your job. If you are the primary wage earner in your family, serving time in jail can have a devastating impact on your children, spouse, partner and other family members.
House Arrest PA DUI
Fortunately, Bucks County offers an alternative to jail in the form of an intermediate punishment program, which allows qualified non-violent offenders the opportunity to serve their sentences on house arrest. House arrest is also known as home detention, home confinement or electronic home monitoring. Entry into the house arrest program can enable you to support your family while continuing to work, receive necessary drug and alcohol treatment and participate in other approved activities that will assist with your recovery and rehabilitation. Receiving court approval for house arrest is even more important now due to the current COVID-19 health crisis.
I have over a decade of experience assisting individuals with the application and admission process for house arrest placement for DUI, driving under the suspension DUI-related and other criminal charges in Bucks County, Montgomery County and the surrounding counties. Contact me at (215) 752-5282 for a free initial consultation or fill out the confidential contact form for an immediate response. Appointments are available after business hours and on weekends.
Bucks County House Arrest Eligibility
The Bucks County House Arrest Program is managed through the Bucks County Department of Corrections. Admission into the house arrest program is discretionary and must be approved by the sentencing judge and the Bucks County Department of Corrections. Candidates for the Bucks County House Arrest Program must have an address within Bucks County or in close proximity to the border. All potential candidates for the house arrest program will be required to have landline or cellular telephone service at their residence.
Bucks County House Arrest for DUI and Driving Under Suspension DUI-Related
Candidates with significant criminal records or those who are being sentenced for violent offenses or for other offenses that pose a threat to the community will generally not be considered for house arrest placement. Individuals convicted of driving under suspension may serve their sentence on house arrest if approved by the corrections department and the sentencing court. DUI cases involving mandatory 48-hour and 72-hour sentences will generally not be considered for house arrest placement.
Benefits of the House Arrest Program
Individuals who qualify for the house arrest program are restricted to their homes but may travel to employment, school, community service, medical appointments, drug and alcohol treatment and religious services. Candidates approved for house arrest placement will be required to pay a $45 dollar set-up fee and a $15 daily fee to offset the costs of administering the program. Social distancing and other COVID-19 prevention measures are often more difficult to implement inside of a jail. Consequently, older individuals and persons with certain medical conditions may be more at risk for contracting COVID-19 inside the jail.
The House Arrest Interview
Participants interested in being considered for the Bucks County House Arrest Program must contact the Department of Corrections at (215) 345-3929 within 2 weeks after the preliminary hearing is held in their case. I can explain the house arrest program to you and prepare you for the screening interview at the Department of Corrections. If necessary, I can contact the house arrest coordinator in the corrections department to help resolve any issues that may arise in the interview and approval process.
GPS Tracking Device for House Arrest
Participants admitted into the Bucks County House Arrest Program are required to wear a Global Positioning System (GPS) bracelet while serving their sentence. The GPS monitoring device can transmit the participant’s location to the corrections department at any given time. The GPS device can be set to prohibit the participant from traveling to specific geographic areas while wearing the device. The GPS bracelet will send an alert to the corrections department if you travel outside the designated geographic areas or if you violate other conditions of the program.
Getting Approved for Bucks County House Arrest
Approval for placement on house arrest is considered a privilege and your acceptance in the program is not guaranteed. Placement in the program requires approval from both the corrections department and the sentencing judge. I can advise you of the steps to take prior to sentencing that will greatly improve your chances of being approved for the house arrest program.
Providing evidence of your good character, participation in drug and alcohol treatment and prepayment of restitution costs are factors that can increase the likelihood of your approval for house arrest placement. At sentencing, I will present evidence of your background, character and potential for rehabilitation to convince the sentencing judge that you are a qualified candidate for placement in the house arrest program.
Experience with the Bucks County House Arrest Admission Process
In over a decade of criminal defense practice, I have assisted hundreds of individuals with the Bucks County House Arrest application and admission procedure. In that time, I have encountered almost every issue that can arise during the application and admission process. I will use my extensive experience to help you navigate the often complicated house arrest approval requirements.
House Arrest Placement Outside of Bucks County
Under certain circumstances, the Bucks County Department of Corrections will approve house arrest placement for Bucks County offenders living in approved addresses in Montgomery, Berks or Lehigh County. Prison or probation department officials of the county accepting the house arrest placement will monitor the participant on behalf of Bucks County. The Bucks County Department of Corrections will be responsible for returning the participant to Bucks County if the participant violates any of the conditions of the outside county’s house arrest program.
Violating Conditions of House Arrest
Prior to their placement in the program, all participants in the Bucks County House Arrest Program are given a list of the program rules. Violation of any of the conditions can result in your removal from the program and your return to jail to complete the remainder of your sentence. Common house arrest rule violations include:
- The presence of alcohol or illegal drugs in the home
- The presence of illegal weapons in the home
- Consuming alcohol or illegal drugs in the home
- Leaving your residence or job without authorization
- Tampering with the GPS device
Start with a Strong Defense
If you want to be considered for the Bucks County House Arrest Program for driving under suspension, DUI or other criminal offenses, do not hesitate to contact me. I can help determine whether you are eligible for house arrest or other sentencing alternatives that do not require incarceration. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day at (215) 752-5282. Call today for a free initial consultation or fill out the confidential contact form for an immediate response.