Electronic Home Monitoring

Frequently Asked Questions About House Arrest

Electronic Home Monitoring FAQs


How does the ankle bracelet work?

When an individual is required to serve time on house arrest they must wear an ankle bracelet. However, the ankle bracelet is not the only piece of equipment involved. The individual must allow the probation or house arrest vendor to install a monitoring device within the individual's residence. Typically, these electronic home monitoring devices are integrated with the residence telephone line.

House arrest commitments can require the defendant to remain at home at all hours of the day or the defendant might be allowed to attend work while on house arrest. The monitoring device is programmed with the defendant's schedule. When the defendant is supposed to be home the device will search for the ankle bracelet. The monitoring device then reports if the defendant is present or absent to a central location through the telephone line.

How much does electronic home monitoring cost?

Pricing will vary depending upon where you reside. There can be rental costs for using the monitoring device and ankle bracelet. Then there will be monthly monitoring and reporting costs. Some jurisdictions will maintain their own electronic home monitoring department in-house. However, a large number of jurisdictions will rely on private vendors to interact with the defendants required to serve time on house arrest.

How can I get house arrest with a DUI conviction?

The crime of DUI will have mandatory criminal penalties for those convicted of DUI. Each state across the United States will have their own unique DUI sentencing schedule. Washington State only allows electronic home monitoring as a substitute for jail on the first DUI conviction. For every mandatory 24 hours of jail a defendant may substitute 15 days of house arrest.

Washington State requires repeat DUI offenders to serve long terms in a jail facility. Then when the defendant is released from jail they will be required to serve time in house arrest. Review the mandatory DUI penalties. What is house arrest?

House arrest is an alternate to jail confinement. Instead of spending time in a jail facility a court may require the defendant to remain inside the confines of the defendant's home. Some courts will allow a defendant to attend work while on house arrest, but the defendant is given a strict time schedule. For example, if you finish work at 5:00 p.m. everyday and it takes 5 minutes to commute home the court will expect you are in your home by 5:15 p.m.


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