Do First Time Offenders Go to Jail?

August 2, 2021 Criminal Defense

Being arrested is stressful, and as a first-time offender, you are most likely feeling frightened and overwhelmed by your pending criminal charges. Rest assured that an experienced Phoenix criminal defense lawyer can guide you through this unfortunate event in your life with valuable counsel and skills to help you avoid any unnecessary jail time, fines, and blemishes on your record.

First-Time Offender Programs for Non-Violent Crimes

Many states now offer first-time offender programs geared towards the rehabilitation of non-violent offenders. Non-violent offenders are defendants who do not pose a threat to public safety or a risk to others. These programs are known as diversion programs.

Diversion programs may be available to first-time offenders who commit crimes, including:


Probation is when an offender’s conduct is monitored outside of jail by an official, a probation officer, for a set period. Often some conditions run concurrently with the probationary period, like drug tests and consistent employment.

During probation, the offender must meet with the probation officer upon request. The probation officer can request the court revoke probation upon any behavior violations by the offender.

Suspended Sentence

During a suspended sentence, an offender is released to serve their sentence outside of jail or prison in accordance with prescribed rules and conditions. A suspended sentence is like probation in that it may be revoked for behavior contrary to conditions of release or repeat offenses.

When an offender successfully completes a suspended sentence, that crime is removed from their criminal record.

Fine, Community Service, and Restitution

Fines are monies paid by offenders to the sentencing court for restitution, court fees, and penalties for a crime.

Community service is work undertaken by an offender on behalf of an organization, governmental entity, or community group to benefit others as a condition of release or probation.

Restitution is monetary reimbursement to a victim for any losses sustained.

House Arrest

During house arrest, an offender serves their sentence out at home. The offender may be allowed to leave the home to attend to certain tasks or go to work. However, they will do so under direct electronic surveillance by law enforcement.

DUI Classes

DUI classes inform drivers on the risks to themselves and others posed by drinking or drug use and driving. They offer education on substance use, its effect on driving, and the pitfalls associated with drug dependence and addiction.

Domestic Violence Programs

Domestic violence programs employ counseling sessions and workable alternatives to violence when dealing with conflict involving close family members.

Petty Larceny Classes

During a Nevada petty larceny class, the risks of theft are taught along with the rewards of living an honest life.

Impulse Control Programs

Impulse control programs teach offenders alternatives to reacting on impulse, how to exercise self-control and avoidance of injury to others.

An Experienced Arizona and California Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

Do not allow a first-time arrest to leave a lasting impact on your future; call the outstanding criminal defense team at Younglove Law Firm. At Younglove Law Firm, we believe in standing up for you and your rights. We will aggressively defend you and pursue the best outcome available to you or your loved one.

Contact us today to discuss your charges and learn more about the options available as a first-time offender in either California or Arizona.

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