January 5, 2024 By Paul Wallin

What Crimes Require An Ankle Monitor?


There are a variety of reasons that a court may issue an ankle monitor on someone. One of the most common is as an alternative way of sentencing. For those that qualify for this, instead of jail time, they will receive an ankle monitor to be worn. Other reasons for issuing an ankle monitor include pretrial release, probation. Additionally, in California, certain crimes require an ankle monitor as part of the sentencing rather than an alternative sentencing. 

If you are facing an offense that could require an ankle monitor, you need an aggressive defense attorney on your side. Choosing Wallin & Klarich to represent your case puts you in a better position to receive the best outcome for your case. We have over 40 years of experience in Southern California. Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL  for your free consultation!

What are ankle monitors

An ankle monitor, also known as an electronic monitoring device (EMD), is a wearable device that is often used as an alternative to incarceration in the criminal justice system. This device is typically attached to an offender’s ankle, and it allows law enforcement to monitor and track the offender’s location in real time. This technology uses GPS or radio frequency to transmit the wearer’s location data to a monitoring center. If the wearer goes beyond a specified geographic area or violates any other conditions set by the court, an alert is sent to the monitoring center. In some cases, the device may also include a breathalyzer feature to monitor alcohol consumption.

If you or a loved one are facing the possibility of an ankle monitor, you need a skilled defense attorney on your side to help you through every step of your case. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have the experience you need. We offer exceptional service, experience, and affordable payment options to help you manage the cost of hiring a defense attorney. Call our office today for a free consultation!

Ankle monitors for alternative sentencing

If you have been found guilty of a crime in Orange County or any other part of California, you might have the option of house arrest instead of being sent to jail. Each county has its own specific guidelines regarding eligibility for home confinement after a criminal conviction.

For the most part, the following criteria must be met to qualify for house arrest:

  • You are a nonviolent offender with a low risk level.
  • The sentencing judge does not prohibit your participation in the program.
  • Your sentence involves serving time in a county jail.
  • You have a permanent or temporary residence in or near the county where you were convicted.
  • You possess a phone that can be used at your residence.
  • You agree to comply with the conditions of house arrest.
  • The cost of home confinement is determined based on your ability to pay.

Individuals convicted of serious crimes such as robbery or most sex offenses are unlikely to be granted the opportunity for house arrest. Those with a history of previous imprisonment are generally not eligible to serve their sentence at home. Additionally, individuals under parole or felony probation are typically deemed ineligible for house arrest.

Some examples of crimes that typically allow for ankle monitors include:

  • Driving under the influence 
  • Minor drug or alcohol offenses 
  • Nonviolent sex offenses 
  • Unlawful immigration

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for an ankle monitor as a means of alternative sentencing, contact our office today for a free consultation with one of our experienced defense attorneys!

Contact Wallin & Klarich Today 

If you have been accused of a crime that could result in an ankle monitor, you need an aggressive defense attorney to fight for your freedom. With 40+ years of experience, our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped thousands of clients win their cases or get their charges reduced to a lesser degree. We know the most effective defenses to argue on your behalf, and we will do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible result in your case. 

You may not be aware of all your options. Calling our office costs you nothing, but picking up the phone could be the difference between years in prison and years of freedom. Let our skilled attorneys examine your case to find the best way to avoid prison.Discover how our team can assist you. Contact us today, toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with a skilled defense attorney.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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