If you were recently arrested on felony or misdemeanor charges, it would be wise to review some of the possible penalties you will face in court if found guilty. The most common court-ordered penalties include probation, ignition interlock devices, electric monitoring, home detention, community service, legal fines, and more. Violating any court-ordered terms and conditions can result in a separate set of criminal charges, including actual jail time. Continue reading to learn about some common court-ordered penalties, and which steps to take next if you are facing criminal charges.
For anyone facing a misdemeanor charge, it is common to be sentenced to probation in lieu of serving jail time. Probation is a “probationary period” in which defendants must comply with all laws and court-ordered rules, while also completing all court-ordered tasks before their probation period is up. This period can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of convictions. It can also involve routine visitation to a probation headquarters to meet with a court-assigned probation officer. A probation officer’s job is to supervise an individual’s behavior, activity, and progress. Violation of any probationary terms, such as skipping a scheduled probation meeting or coming up positive on a drug test, can put a person back in front of another judge for additional sentencing.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
A common outcome for a convicted individual is an ignition interlock device (IID), which is much like a built-in breathalyzer inside a car. This device is generally reserved for habitual offenders, and installed in a person’s primary vehicle for the purpose of preventing them from driving drunk. An ignition interlock device is near the size of a mobile phone and usually installed in a car’s engine. It locks the ignition and prevents the vehicle from starting up until the driver breathes into the device, and renders a BAC level that is lower than 0.04 percent. If the offender has a BAC higher than that, the car engine will not start up. If the device reads a test that is over 0.04%, it records it and prints it out to local authorities. It is often treated as a violation, which can result in more penalties.
In place of jail time or imprisonment, a judge may order an offender to home detention, also known as house arrest. Those sentenced to home detention are not permitted to leave their premises under any circumstances, other than for work, rehabilitation treatment, drug/alcohol classes, court-ordered services, doctor visits, and other pre-approved activities. In fact, they are usually mandated to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, also called an ankle monitor, which uses GPS to monitor where an individual is located. Overall, the main purpose of house arrest is to prevent a convicted individual who is under state supervision from committing more crimes or being involved in more illegal activity.
Additional Possibilities May Include:
☑ Random Drug Testing
☑ Victim Impact Panels
☑ Alcohol / Drug Education
☑ Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
☑ And More