If you’re like most people, you have no desire to go to jail. Once
you’re locked behind bars, your life on the outside can fall apart.
How would a jail sentence affect your job, your family, and your relationships?
Jail is known for being a dangerous place; after all it houses violent
criminals and gang members, which is especially the case with state prisons.
While state prisons have more dangerous inmates and less security than
federal prisons, the federal prisons tend to house nonviolent, white collar
If you were recently
arrested in Richmond, you are probably weighing all of your options, with one of those options
being an alternative to jail sentencing – is it possible?
Alternative Sentencing in Virginia
Virginia does have alternatives to jail, these options include
home incarceration, and
non-consecutive sentences. The programs are slightly different, however, all three were designed
to give the defendant the opportunity to continue working while serving
their jail sentence.
In order to qualify for one of the above programs, it must be authorized
by the sentencing judge. It is within the judge or the sheriff’s
discretion to impose further restrictions upon the participant in each
of the programs.
When alternative sentencing is authorized by the judge, the participant
is required to sign a contract, which outlines the rules and regulations
of the program. If he or she violates any of the terms of the contract,
they will be charged and if found guilty, they’ll be removed from
the program and the sentencing judge will be notified.
All participants are screened randomly for drugs. If the participant is
on house arrest, they are monitored by an electric field monitoring unit.
They cannot leave their home without getting the permission of the alternative
However, if they are approved for work release, a schedule will be set
for the participant to leave and re-enter their home each day.
Do you qualify for alternative sentencing? To find out,
contact us to schedule a consultation with a Richmond criminal defense attorney!