What Is House Arrest in Florida?

By Jeannine Mancini
House arrest is an alternative to incarceration and helps reduce prison overcrowding.

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House arrest in Florida is when a person is sentenced to home confinement. House arrest is also referred to as community control in the state of Florida. The punishment is an alternative to a prison sentence.

Restrictions

The terms of house arrest in Florida vary depending on the situation. You must either remain in your home 24 hours a day, or you may be allowed to report to school, work and church. In most cases, you meet weekly with your probation officer to discuss a weekly schedule. It is important that you stick to the schedule. Any deviation can result in a violation of the sentence terms.

Monitoring

You may be required to wear an electronic monitoring device. The judge determines the details of your house arrest or community control sentence. If you do not have to wear a monitoring device, your probation officer will make random home visits to make sure you are there.

Consequences

If your probation officer has reason to believe you violated the terms of your community control or house arrest, you may be arrested. You may be arrested when you report to your probation officer, or a warrant will be issued.

About the Author

Jeannine Mancini, a Florida native, has been writing business and personal finance articles since 2003. Her articles have been published in the Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.

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