Traditionally, punishment for committing a crime is having to pay a fine or spend time in jail or prison. However, judges also have the option of using other forms of “alternative” sentencing, especially through early intervention programs. These include:
These options offer several advantages over traditional incarceration.
Alternative sentencing is generally not available for violent criminals, those facing multiple offenses, or those who are habitual offenders. While rising in popularity, many drug offenders are limited in the types of alternative sentences they may receive.
Alternative sentences are just that: an alternative to traditional punishments. Alternative sentencing is not mandatory for the defendants, but failure to serve an alternative sentence will result in traditional punishments, such as fines, jail or prison time.
If you are facing prosecution for a crime, you should consult with a criminal attorney to safeguard your freedom. If you have questions about eligibility for alternative sentencing, an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to answer your questions.
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