House arrest is a form of detention that allows an individual to live at home while under court supervision. It is typically used in cases where someone has been convicted of a crime and sentenced to jail time.
In Colorado, people who have been convicted for misdemeanor DUI may be required to serve up to one year in jail before being released. However, there are some judges who allow individuals to remain free on house arrest until they complete their sentence.
If you're under house arrest, you'll need to stay at home unless you receive permission to go to work. If granted work release, you will be given enough time for travel and errands, but never more than 12 hours a day. One day a week will have to be spent at home.You also may need to check in with your probation officer regularly.
While on house arrest, you will not be able to drive unless you have a valid driver license. However, you can still use public transportation, walk, bike, or take other forms of transportation.
If you are convicted of a DUI offense, your driver's license will likely be revoked. This means that you won't be allowed to drive unless you early reinstate with an interlock. If you do, the vehicle with an interlock is the only one you are able to drive legally..
You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. These devices prevent you from starting your car unless you blow into them first. They are typically installed at vendors which have contracts with the approved devices.