House arrest (also referred to as home detention, home confinement, or electronic monitoring) is a type of criminal sentence where a non-violent offender is confined to their primary residence rather than a prison or juvenile detention. This is a more affordable alternative to traditional imprisonment and combats jail and prison overcrowding by leaving more room in those facilities for violent, repeat offenders. It also allows the offender to earn an income, attend rehabilitation, and maintain family relationships.
House arrestees are fitted with an electronic monitoring device that cannot be easily removed, usually an ankle monitor. This device uses GPS to monitor the arrestee’s location and movement and it can also detect if the device has been tampered with, removed, or damaged. The police, the court, and/or probation officer will be provided with reports from the monitoring system (the local police department or a third party provider.)
Only a judge or magistrate can grant a defendant house arrest in lieu of bail. Offenders usually must meet certain qualifications to be eligible for house arrest, often including:
- This is your first offense
- You are charged with a non-violent offense
- You are a juvenile offender under the supervision of your parents
- You did not use your home in the commission of the crime you are being punished for
- You have a stable source of income/ history of steady employment
- You have work or family obligations
- You are unable to post bail
Acceptable Travel Beyond Your House
House arrest is a somewhat misleading term. In almost every case the arrestee is allowed to leave their home for pre-approved activities and locations including:
- Community service
- Appointments (medical, counseling, drug testing)
- Court appearances
- Meetings pertaining to their case/sentence (probation officer, lawyer)
If you violate the house arrest rules given to you by the judge, your probation officer may give you a warning. You may also be ordered to appear in court for a hearing. Your probation officer may then recommend to the judge that you serve the remainder of your sentence in jail or prison.
We understand that an arrest can be upsetting and that the laws, rules, and procedures of the criminal justice system can be difficult to navigate on your own. We are always here to answer any questions you may have. If you have broken your house arrest order and are now in need of bail bonding services, contact us today!