In California if you are charged with a second offense DUI or more than jail time becomes more likely. But what about jail alternatives such as electronic monitoring and house arrest? In Kern County if you are ordered to a sentence of jail you can apply for house arrest. the program is administered through the probation department and application should be made prior to sentencing. the home jail sentence would require a working phone line and a residence within the county. For those that live outside Kern County there are private electronic monitoring companies that can be utilized. The Judge must order the alternative in lieu of jail, or at the very least, not mention on the record that it is not an option. For multiple offense DUI cases, these types of incarceration free programs are extremely attractive, but expensive. The cost for house jail through the county is less than the private companies, which can often run close to a thousand dollars a month.