House Arrest in California: What You Need to Know

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Most people would rather do anything than go to jail. This is understandable, as the loss of one’s freedom is a harrowing prospect. Fortunately, however, an alternative form of punishment exists that allows offenders to stay out of jail. Below is an overview of house arrest in California.

What is house arrest?


House arrest, also called home confinement, enables offenders to serve their sentences at home rather than in jail. However, if you’ve been convicted of a crime, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible for house arrest:

  • You are a nonviolent, low-risk offender,
  • You are facing a county jail sentence,
  • You have not been prohibited from house arrest by the judge in your case,
  • You live in or near the county that you received your sentence,
  • You have a working phone in your home,
  • You agree to the conditions and terms of house arrest, and
  • You pay a fee based on your ability to do so.

Is House Arrest a Good Choice?

While house arrest may give offenders the opportunity to avoid jail, it isn’t for everyone. Below are some of the pros and cons of house arrest in California.


  • House arrest allows you to serve your sentence in the comfort of your own home.
  • You may be permitted to work or attend school while under house arrest.
  • House arrest allows you to be visited by or live with friends and family.
  • You may be permitted to attend and complete court-ordered programs while under house arrest.


  • House arrest usually requires you to stay in your home during certain time periods.
  • As mentioned above, house arrest has a financial cost. Specifically, house arrest in California will cost you between $12 and $15 per day.
  • As opposed to jail, you aren’t eligible for sentence reduction due to good behavior while under house arrest.
  • While under house arrest, you are required to wear an electronic monitoring device that tracks your movement.
  • You will be assigned a probation officer while under house arrest, and you must report to him or her periodically.
  • If you violate the conditions of your house arrest, you may be arrested and sentenced to jail.

San Diego Criminal Defense Attorneys


Due to the potential consequences involved, it is important that anyone charged with a crime in San Diego, California, seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, our experienced San Diego criminal defense attorneys provide all of our clients with expert legal guidance in order to achieve the most favorable results possible in both misdemeanor and felony cases. The talent and experience of our San Diego, California, attorneys ensures that our clients’ misdemeanor and felony cases are handled expertly and with the utmost care. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in California, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

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Kerry L. Armstrong


Attorney Kerry Armstrong opened up his law firm in June 2007. Mr. Armstrong attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University. Kerry L. Armstrong became certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization for criminal law in August 2020, making him one of the few criminal defense attorneys with a criminal law legal specialization certificate in San Diego County.  Between 2014 – 2019, Mr. Armstrong was selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers list, an honor only awarded to 5% of the nation’s attorneys.

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