Change in California Law Allows You to Participate in an Electronic Monitoring Program Even if You Cannot Post Bail (CPC 1203.018)

By: Wallin & Klarich

The California Legislature recently changed California Penal Code section 1203.018, which may allow you to be released from custody while awaiting trial on an electronic monitoring program. This option is available even if you are not able to post bail. Previously you were only able to participate in the electronic monitoring program if you had been in custody for 30 days on misdemeanor charges or if you had been in custody for 60 days for any charge. The electronic monitoring option is now available to you while you await trial if the correctional administrator finds that your participation in the electronic monitoring program would not pose a threat to the public safety of the community and the court approves of your release from custody.


The electronic monitoring program can be implemented in several ways including through home detention monitoring or GPS tracking of your whereabouts. Home detention monitoring usually requires that you wear an ankle bracelet that keeps track of your movement and location.

If you or a loved one is facing jail time because you are not able to post the required bail amount it is important that you contact a competent and knowledgeable San Bernardino criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience successfully defending clients in criminal matters and can assist you to get electronic monitoring in lieu of jail time while your trial is pending. We have offices in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Orange County. Call us today at 1-888-230-6839 or visit us online at for more information. We will be there when you call.

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