House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring in Wisconsin
House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring in Wisconsin : It seems house arrest is a common occurrence in television and movies, but who is really eligible for it as an alternative to jail time? That depends on the county sheriff’s decision – when sentencing an individual to jail time, a judge cannot grant electronic monitoring/house arrest. This must be done by application through the proper county sheriff’s office.
Eligibility is determined by a variety of factors. In Wisconsin, the most crucial element to receiving house arrest is that the individual is sentenced to jail time instead of prison time. According to state law, prison sentences can’t be served through house arrest.
Other eligibility terms for electronic monitoring depend on the rules of each county. While some counties don’t allow house arrest at all (or lack the resources to make it happen), some will only grant it for certain types of offenses.
Most counties require individuals to pass a drug test and be eligible for Huber/work release privileges before they can apply. But a history of bad behavior while incarcerated can hinder someone’s eligibility even if he or she meets these criteria.
Typically, individuals who have been sentenced to longer jail times take highest precedent in the county sheriff’s approval of applications, and those who are only sentenced to 30 days or fewer aren’t even considered for electronic monitoring in some counties.
If you have been sentenced to jail time in Wisconsin and have questions about your county’s criteria for electronic monitoring via house arrest, the experienced Waukesha Criminal Defense Attorneys of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. can help. Contact us today to schedule your 100% free initial consultation.