Can I get house arrest instead of going to jail?
Question & AnswerCan I get house arrest instead of going to jail?
1. Learn if house arrest is available
A that imposes is called a .
When a conditional sentence is allowed
You can only be given a conditional sentence if:
- the crime is not punishable by a minimum term in jail, and
- your sentence is for less than 2 years.
When a conditional sentence is not allowed
You can't be given a conditional sentence if you've been found guilty of an that:
- has a maximum term in jail of 14 years or life, or
- has a maximum term in jail that is 10 years, and the crime involved physical harm to the victim, producing or selling drugs, or a weapon.
For example, you can't get a conditional sentence if you're found guilty of a crime such as:
- abducting a person under 14 years of age
You also can't get a conditional sentence if you're found guilty of a crime that involved serious property damage such as:
- stealing a motor vehicle
- stealing property worth more than $5000
- breaking into a place other than a house
- being in a house without the legal right to be there