Category «Sentencing Alternatives»

MADD Victim Impact Program

MADD Victim Impact Program

Convicted DUI / DWI drivers typically face traditional court punishment such as jail sentences, fines, and license suspensions. However, courts are increasingly seeking to address the underlying alcohol issues of drunk drivers through sentencing alternatives. One available alternative is participation in a Victim Impact Program offered by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). The MADD Victim …

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Drivers convicted of DUI / DWI face serious consequences, including fines, jail, and license suspensions. However, courts have begun to acknowledge that it is useless to punish drunk drivers without addressing underlying problems with alcohol, and sentencing alternatives have become available. An experienced California DUI / DWI attorney can determine whether a particular case meets …

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation

Many DUI / DWI defendants are sentenced to jail, but incarceration offers no benefit to drunk driving defendants who have problems with alcohol. Because substance abuse is such a widespread problem, the court system is undergoing a fundamental shift in the way it regards individuals with alcohol and drug problems. Judges and prosecutors now realize …

Sober Living Environments

Sober Living Environments

Although a DUI / DWI conviction can carry punishments such as jail, fines, and license suspensions, there are sentencing alternatives available that may reduce or eliminate potential jail time. One alternative sentencing option is a sober living environment. Sober living environments can sometimes provide a viable alternative to mandatory jail sentences. If a defendant is …

Electronic Monitoring

Electronic Monitoring

DUI / DWI defendants face serious consequences if convicted, including fines, license suspensions, and jail time. However, a jail sentence can sometimes be avoided through alternative sentencing programs such as electronic monitoring. Electronic monitoring, also known as “house arrest”, allows the convicted DUI offender to be confined at home instead of jail. The option is …

Freeway Cleanup

Freeway Cleanup

Although many DUI / DWI defendants face consequences such as fines, license suspensions, and jail sentences, sometimes jail can be avoided through alternative sentencing. One option generally available is freeway cleanup. DUI offenders who participate in freeway cleanup join a Caltrans work crew as a term of probation. In what is known as good time/work …

Community Service

Community Service

Although many DUI / DWI defendants face the prospect of fines and jail time, some convicted drunk drivers are eligible for alternative sentencing. One sentence alternative that is generally available is community service. Community service requires an individual to work – without pay – for a civic or nonprofit organization. Performing community service has many …

Sentencing Alternatives

Sentencing Alternatives

The consequences of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction can be grave – many drivers receive substantial fines, jail sentences, and license suspensions. However, many courts have developed alternative sentencing programs that give authorities greater flexibility in meting out punishment. An experienced California attorney who focuses on drunk driving …

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