If you are faced with a Ventura DUI conviction, you may have the choice of Work Release instead of jail time. The specific number of days of Work Release that may be required depends on a number of factors, including alcohol level and whether or not there was an accident. The work release usually involves light gardening or maintenance at the Ventura County Government Center, although you actually report to the Work Release program near the Camarillo Airport at a facility run by the probation department.
Weekends, Non-Consecutive Days
Generally speaking, work release can be performed on a weekend. You do not have to do the work release on consecutive days. Typically, if faced with a five day work release sentence, you have to do one day during the week, and then can do the rest of the days on the weekends. Generally speaking, the judges in a Ventura DUI case will allow you to get the work release done within a couple of months of the conclusion of your case. There is no option to do Work Release at night, as the schedule is generally from about 8-5, with a lunch break. There are fees that are charged for the work release program.
Work Furlough is an entirely different and separate program from Work Release. Work Furlough is only available on longer sentences, so it is usually only available on second and third time Ventura DUI cases. You spend the night at the Work Furlough facilities near the Camarillo Airport, and get out during the day to go to your job.
Approval Not Automatic
Approval for the Work Furlough program is not automatic, as there are a number of conditions that have to be met before one can be admitted. Foremost among these criteria is that you have to able to prove that you can get to and from work in a legal manner, which can be difficult in second and third time DUI cases because of the driver's license complications. Your employer also typically must be notified, as they will almost assuredly be contacted as part of the application process. There are fees that are charged for the work furlough program.
Less Commonly Available Alternatives
Less commonly available jail alternative in a Ventura DUI case involve residential treatment programs and electronic monitoring or house arrest. Only in extreme circumstances might these be available, and not necessarily before every judge.