3rd DUI - 120 day Sentence - What will be actual jail time vs work release?

Asked over 2 years ago - San Diego, CA

I was sentenced 120 days for 3rd DUI - can do work release or jail. Debating on doing jail time since work release is an hour away and would take me 2 years to complete. If I take the jail sentence for 120 days, how many days would I actually be in county jail? I keep hearing about 1/2 time, credits, early release due to overcrowding, people getting out at 10% served, others 50% served. Need to weigh my options before making a decision. Thanks in advance!

Just want to get this over with as fast as possible.
DUI - .08% - no injuries - DUI's have been about 3 years apart

Additional information

3rd DUI was on 1/7/2010

Attorney answers (4)

  1. George B. O'Neill


    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I can see why you are not interested in Work Release!! ...no credits at all.
    Have you considered Home Detention (Electronic Monitoring), is that even an option?

    You have done your research very well... as for jail time the only solid answer can be the 1/2 time credit for good time / work time.

    The rest of the possibilities that you mention are out there but you are at the mercy of whatever happens to be going on at the jail at the time that you are in custody. Even if someone knows what has been happening at your exact jail, no one will be able to guarantee anything for you other than they will get you out as fast as legally possible to make room for the next person.

  2. Vincent Ronald Ross

    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . If you get 120 days you will do 60 actual per PC 4019 minus any credit for time served. In addition, the sheriff can release you earlier in his discretion. Home confinement (SCRAM) is not an option for you in San Diego on a third DUI. You should inquire about work furlough, which is different from work release. Talk to your attorney about this option. It allows you to go to work and return to the work furlough center at night. You get the same credit as actual custody.

  3. Debra Sarah White


    Contributor Level 11


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Most of my clients prefer jail over work release because it is much less time consuming. You will serve 60 days at most, but may be released much sooner. It is not that likely you will get out after serving 10% because this is your third DUI. It all depends on who else is serving time. Less serious offenders will get the early release before you do, but you may still be released much earlier than 60 days.

    This answer is based on California law and procedure and does not create and attorney-client relationship.
  4. David Philip Shapiro


    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . 60-80 days actually served in jail, depending on the date of your offense (before 10/01/11? from 01/25/10-09/27/10?). This is something you should have already discussed with your attorney prior to plea and sentence!

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