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Can Alternative Sentencing Options Be Used to Avoid a Jail Sentence?

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San Jose criminal defense attorneyWhen facing any type of criminal charges in San Jose, you need an experienced Bay Area criminal defense attorney aggressively working on your behalf to ensure your rights and your freedoms are protected. At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we have the resources needed to launch our own investigation into the circumstances surrounding your arrest and the charges that have been filed against you. We can negotiate with law enforcement officials and prosecuting attorneys on your behalf while gathering the evidence needed to clear your name. In the event that a conviction seems unavoidable, we can guide you towards alternative sentencing programs to help you avoid a jail sentence.  

Alternative Sentencing Options in San Jose

Even relatively minor crimes in Santa Clara County can carry potentially severe punishments. Depending on your charges and the circumstances involved, a conviction could result in a potentially lengthy jail sentence. Alternative sentencing in California is designed to serve justice while taking a more rehabilitative approach to criminal penalties, saving taxpayer money and avoiding jail overcrowding. It can allow those facing charges to perform valuable services in the community while addressing underlying issues, such as drug or alcohol abuse. It can also help avoid separation from family, job losses, and the financial toll of a jail sentence. The various alternative sentencing options available in San Jose include:  

  • Sentencing Alternatives Program (SAP): The Sentencing Alternative Program of San Jose allows a person to perform community service in lieu of harsher criminal penalties. They will need to complete an intake interview with a caseworker for SAP, who will regularly issue reports back to the court. If these reports are not made, an offender could face the maximum penalty associated with the charges. 

  • Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP): Commonly known as house arrest, this is available through the Santa Clara County Probation Department for offenders who have more than 30 days remaining on a jail sentence. Participants are closely monitored and subject to routine drug and alcohol screenings. Any violation of the rules will result in an automatic jail sentence. 

  • Weekend Work Program (WWP): Administered through the Santa Clara Department of Corrections (DOC), this allows those convicted of a crime which involves a jail sentence to complete their time by performing work for the city or county on the weekends. Participating agencies in the WWP program include the California Department of Transportation, the Santa Clara County Parks Division, and the City of San Jose.  

It is important to be aware that eligibility for certain programs may be limited to only first-time offenders or to those facing non-violent, non-weapons related criminal charges. 

Reach Out to a Dedicated San Jose Criminal Law Attorney

When facing criminal charges that carry potentially severe penalties, get the Jachimowicz Law Group on your side. We can help strategize a strong legal defense in your case while advising you on alternative sentencing options which may be available. Call our office at 408-246-5500 or contact our skilled San Jose criminal defense attorneys online and request a free consultation today. 

 

Sources:

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/doc/inmates/Pages/wwp.aspx

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/probation/adult/programs/Pages/Intensive-Supervision-Alternative-Programs-(ISAP)-EnglishSpanishVietnamese.aspx

http://www.sapsj.com/what-is-sap/

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