Many criminal charges carry mandatory jail sentences or the District Attorney may ask the court to keep you in custody while your case is pending. Posting bail may not be an option for you.
The experienced attorneys at The Bruce Law Firm know how to help find alternatives to spending time away from friends, family and jobs. We help clients avoid jail every day by making sure they are eligible for the jail alternative that best suits their needs and lifestyle. Whether qualifying for O.R. release, doing your jail time in the comfort of your own home or taking advantage of one of the many drug or alcohol treatment options, we can help you AVOID WASTING TIME IN JAIL.
HERE IS A SAMPLE OF SOME JAIL ALTERNATIVES
- Own Recognizance (O.R.) and Supervised Own Recognizance (O.R.). While your case is pending, you will be released from jail in exchange for your promise to appear in court. It is very important that you make a strong case for O.R. at your first appearance by detailing your strong ties to the community that show you do not pose a threat to flee. Bergstrom and Bruce is experienced helping clients convince the court that they should be free to better help in their own defense while maintaining employment and their family obligations. Superivised O.R. applies to those who are released with certain conditions such as “no contact” orders or drug testing.
- Work Release Program. If you have been sentenced to 90 days in jail or less you can AVOID JAIL ENTIRELY through work release. Within ten working days of being sentenced, contact the work release program, show up sober, pay a fee and begin working for the county instead of going to jail. You sleep in your own bed at home! If you are physically unable to perform heavy work alternatives can often be found.
- Work Furlough. This is a community-based custodial setting that provides clients with the opportunity to work and interact with the community while still under the supervision of the county sheriff. In this program, clients spend the night in jail but check out each day to go to work returning at the completion of the work day. While this program is not for everyone, it does provide an opportunity to maintain employment in circumstances where the court does not allow other alternatives.