Drivers accused of
DUI in Scottsdale currently are unable to serve home detention in lieu of
jail time as is an option in many other jurisdictions located in Maricopa
County including Phoenix and Chandler.
That may change when the Scottsdale City Council convenes on April 27 and
considers a home detention program which may take affect this summer.
Cities in Arizona that already allow individuals convicted of DUI to serve
home detention typically require that a portion of the actual jail sentence
be served at the jail but allow the individuals to serve the balance of
the jail time at home while being monitored with an ankle bracelet. Because
Arizona has such strict penalties for individuals convicted of DUI, the
ability to participate in a home detention program could have a tremendous
impact on one's ability to remain employed, stay in their home and
avoid serious disruption to their family and personal affairs.
If the program is adopted it would be a welcome change to the Scottsdale
Municipal Court. Defending DUI charges in Scottsdale is becoming an increasingly
difficult task given the recent changes implemented by the Scottsdale
City Prosecutor. With limited exceptions, the Scottsdale City Prosecutor
will require individuals charged with DUI to plead guilty to the specific
DUI offense (such as extreme DUI) with which they are charged as part
of any plea agreement. In other words the prosecutor will often be unwilling
to reduce the jail time one might be facing if convicted at trial even
if the individual is willing to enter into a plea agreement and give up
their right to trial.
Regardless of whether home detention becomes an option for drivers charged
with DUI in Scottsdale, the consequences of a DUI conviction will remain
serious. If you are facing DUI charges in Scottsdale or any other jurisdiction
in Maricopa County contact Scottsdale DUI Attorney Joshua S. Davidson
today for your free initial consultation.