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How to Avoid Jail or Prison

Posted by Seth Chazin | Mar 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

How to Avoid Jail After Being Arrested

There are several ways that you may be able to prevent going to jail or prison after being arrested. Although the code sections that apply to your case or charges may call for mandatory state or federal prison, there are always potential ways to avoid this. First, we always look at ways to get the case dismissed, or at least get the charges reduced in order to avoid a charge that carries a mandatory jail or prison sentence.  We also research the federal or state penal codes to uncover any way to avoid these mandatory sentences. We also employ creative and aggressive negotiations with the state or federal prosecutor in order to negotiate the best possible outcome for our client.We employ creative and alternative resolutions to cases such as diversion, including federal diversion or drug or theft diversion, drug court, deferral of prosecution or deferred entry of judgment (also known as the withholding of adjudication). 

Alternative sentences may also include programs  such as work programs, community service work, electronic monitoring, work release, house arrest, or residential drug or alcohol treatment programs. Whether the case involves an on-going investigation, misdemeanor, serious felony case or large-scale multiple defendant prosecution, it may be possible to negotiate a resolution which keeps you out of jail or prison.  Terms of supervised release for federal prison.

Avoiding Jail or Prison when there is a Warrant out for your Arrest

When there is a warrant out for your arrest, the first thing you should do is contact an attorney as we can sometimes arrange for your release from custody following surrender on the warrant or can arrange favorable conditions of release in advance of any surrender on the warrant or appearance in court.  Many attorneys do not consider this option, but it has often proved to be a successful tool for our clients.  The attorney will also help you arrange for the posting of a bond with more favorable terms of payment than if contacting the bond company yourself.   

Anyone who has been to jail or prison before will tell you that you want to do everything possible to avoid incarceration.  It starts with contacting a highly qualified and aggressive attorney who will take action rather than wait for the system to just do its work and for things to unfold. Here is a list of California Bail Laws.

About the Author

Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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