I pled guilty to a single felony theft charge and am now facing 20 days of home confinement. I'm receiving unemployment and would be able to continue (if not intensify) my job search during the period of my confinement.
Since I have programming/web development skills, it's also quite possible for me to work remotely while confined. Additionally, I could apply for jobs through "second chance" programs geared toward those with a criminal history.
Can or should I continue to file my claim during the confinement period? My case workers advised against it (and it seemed like at least one was vaguely threatening to "turn me in"), but I still believe I have a valid legal case to make a claim.
Unfortunately if I don't continue to file, I won't have funds to purchase groceries, pay bills, etc.The terms of this home confinement allow pre-arranged work or school commitments, and some special exceptions opon request. (Depending on the whim of the case worker.) It's also interesting to note that per the web site FAQ, people can file claims while living out of state. (Thus also not being "available" to work each day.)
The criteria for claiming unemployment benefits is that you are able, available and actively seeking work. In the event your home detention does not allow you to leave your home (sometimes detention is work, home, etc) you will have a tough time arguing you were available for work. However, if your prior job was web based and from home, you have a strong argument for receiving benefits.
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