It’s shocking how many people call my office about their DUI after receiving incorrect advice from either another lawyer or one of their friends. Here’s the truth, if you’re facing a DUI, especially a DUI in Scottsdale, you should only be receiving advice from someone who has vast experience. If you get advice from your friend who got a DUI, you need to keep in mind, their case was probably very different than yours. If you’re getting advice from a small law office who periodically handles DUI cases, they aren’t experienced enough to discuss every aspect of a Scottsdale DUI case. That’s what sets our office apart. Our firm is dedicated to Scottsdale cases. We have an attorney who is at Scottsdale Court every day. He has experience with each one of the judges, each one of the prosecutor and all of the Scottsdale support staff. You would be making a significant mistake if you hire any other law firm to assist with your DUI case.
One of the most common questions we receive from potential clients is whether they will receive home detention for their case. Home detention depends on the type of DUI a person is facing. For instance, if they are facing a regular DUI that has a mandatory minimum of one day in jail, they won’t have the opportunity to participate in home detention – they’ll actually have to serve their day in jail. If however, a person is facing an extreme or super extreme DUI, home detention MIGHT be a possibility. It’s important, however, to keep in mind that even if our attorneys can negotiate home detention, our clients still have to serve an initial jail sentence of either 2 or 3 days (depending on the level of DUI), followed by either 7 or 11 days in jail (again depending on the level of DUI). The initial days in jail and home detention could be higher if the person is facing a second DUI within a seven year period.
Other than the obvious benefit of being at home, the other benefits of home detention include a much lower fee and the ability to go to work. First, believe it or not, you have to pay to go to jail. Scottsdale jail costs about $250 a day, compared to home detention of about $35 a day. This is a huge financial savings. Second, if given the opportunity to participate in home detention, you can be out for up to 12 hours per day for work. If an attorney isn’t able to negotiate home detention and you have to serve your entire sentence in jail, you will not be released for work. Most people cannot take that amount of time off from work – they would lose their job.
As you can see, there are so many benefits to home detention. Our lawyers have negotiated hundreds, if not thousands of outcomes for our Scottsdale DUI clients that resulted in home detention. If you have questions about the process, don’t hesitate to call us, our attorneys are always happy to help.