Washington laws allow the electronic home monitoring of criminal offenders under certain circumstances. For example, someone convicted of a second DUI might be a candidate for electronic home monitoring.
In King County, a court orders individuals into the Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM) program. It’s important to follow all instructions, including when to report to the EHM office and what paperwork to bring.
But what is it like to be on EHM?
You Usually Can’t Leave Home
If you are in a situation where you are seeking EHM in lieu of jail time, you will want to strategize with your attorney on when to get this scheduled. For example, you may not want to have EHM imposed by the court in December, if you plan on spending time with family or going on a trip for the holidays.
With home monitoring, as the name implies, the wearer is limited to home with a few exceptions. Leaving home without permission can lead to additional criminal charges and a return to jail. Some monitors allow you to have a home zone and a work zone. The device knows when you are supposed to be in either zone and will alert authorities if you are not where you are supposed to be.
You Will Pay for Electronic Home Monitoring
Courts and law enforcement usually charge the person wearing the monitor. Fees may include a daily or weekly rate for the equipment, processing fees, and testing. You may also be required to install a landline phone. In some cases, it is possible to get the court to waive the fees if you cannot afford them.
The Electronic Home Monitoring Device Can Be Uncomfortable
Some people experience itching and irritation under the device. Also, some clothing may not fit over the monitor depending on their size.
Electronic Home Monitoring May Be an Option
Your attorney can discuss electronic home monitoring solutions when working on your case. It’s a great option for some people, while others may find the regulations difficult to comply with.
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