I was charged with a dui with bac of .15 and hit and run. My lawyer thinks he can get the hit and run dismissed. As I understand, the usual sentencing for this is 5-10 days jail which in our county means sheriff's work program. I would like to ask for home detention instead because I am a single mother with 6 kids working 3 jobs and am worried about being able to be on a work program. In order to qualify for home detention, the sentence would have to be at least for 30 days. Cannot get an answer back from my lawyer. Would it be ridiculous to ask him to request 30 days instead of the 5 to 10 so I would qualify? I would most likely lose one of my 3 jobs trying to take off 5 to 10 days to work for the county and the financial loss for work time loss would be catastrophic for a single parent with no child support. Is this the weirdest question you've had yet?
Asking for a longer sentence isn't typical. Most Sheriff Work Programs I am familiar with are flexible on scheduling the days you work. If you have regular days off you may be able to complete the work program on your days off. Also, home detention usually involves electronic monitoring as well and there is a cost associated with it. Since you are working three jobs I assume money is tight. Home detention may be cost prohibitive for you.
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