Bucks County Restrictive Probation
Bucks County Restrive Probation Program is Bucks County’s alternative to incarceration for certain qualified defendants. This program has replaced the Bucks County House Arrest Program which was previously run by the Bucks County Correctional Facility.
Bucks County Restrive Probation Program is now offered through Bucks County Adult Probation and is only available to non-violent offenders. This program allows you to remain in the community while participating in treatment. It also allows you to continue working and attend all necessary appointments.
You are required to apply for restrictive probation with Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole. When applying, you must provide all the required evaluation/assessment and treatment documents with your application, or it will not be considered. A Bucks County Adult Probation supervisor will review your application to determine if you are acceptable for the program. The process does not end there. Eligibility for the program does not mean that you will automatically be sentenced to home confinement instead of jail.
If you are deemed eligible, the next step requires a judge to approve your Restrictive Probation at sentencing. If you are sentenced to Restrictive Probation, you will be placed on probation for an average of 24 months. Many cases will require that you be placed on probation for an even longer period based upon the charge for which you are being sentenced. There may be possibility for early termination of restrictive probation, but only in certain cases of good behavior where all of your conditions are complete and you have paid off all of your fines and court costs.
The Bucks County Restrictive Probation Program requires you to maintain your sobriety, engage in substance abuse and/or mental health treatment if deemed necessary, undergo frequent and random drug testing, adhere to a curfew, attend regular visits with your probation officer, and obtain and maintain employment. You may also be required to have the Sobriety Monitoring and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Mobile or Breath Check device, which monitors your blood alcohol content randomly.
For most DUI cases, a period of time on home confinement with GPS monitoring will be required. Where you reside will also determine if you are eligible for the program. If you reside outside of Bucks County, you may not be eligible depending on where you live. An experienced attorney will be able to advise you on the residence aspects of this program. If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to make payments for GPS monitoring.
To determine if you qualify for the Bucks County Restrictive Probation Program, contact Caterina Saile, Esquire to schedule your free consultation.