Upon getting an Arizona DUI conviction some DUI penalties are mandatory by Arizona DUI Laws. In those cases an experienced DUI defense attorney will attempt to negotiate with the prosecution or the judge for alternatives to incarceration in county jail.
The following may be available under certain circumstances in some Arizona courts:
Home Arrest or Home Detention: This involves wearing an electronic ankle bracelet while under house arrest. It is not available in most courts.
Work Release: This involves authorization to leave jail to go to work or school in certain instances. If available, in most cases you usually must serve the first 48 hours in jail then released for five consecutive days for 12 hours in and 12 hours out, and then repeat the schedule.
Work Furlough: This also allows you to keep your job and go to work during the day. However, this program is much more restrictive than work release.
City Jail: This allows you to serve your time in the jail associated with the city you received you DUI. City jails are less crowded, cleaner and safer. This is usually less traumatic than serving a jail sentence in county jail or "tent city."
Not all of these options are available in every situation. Many factors influence your ability to negotiate an alternative location to serve your AZ DUI jail sentence. So if you are charged with a DUI you want to retain the best Arizona DUI lawyer you can find to get you the best outcome possible on your case.