Jail Time

The biggest fear of any person going through a drunk driving case in Oakland County is the possibility of jail time.  Some of the tougher district courts, such as the 48th District Court and 52-3 District Court carry possible jail time on first offense cases.  Some judges, such as 48th District Court Judge Kim Small order jail in nearly all drunk driving cases.  Because of this, people call our office every day petrified about what may happen to them.  

The Oakland County Jail located in Pontiac off of Telegraph Road in the Oakland County complex, is where people serve jail time for all misdemeanor drinking and driving cases in Oakland County.  The jail itself is broken down into different sections, including maximum security, the pods, receiving, and the east annex.  Most drinking and driving jail sentences are served either in the pods or in the east annex.  The pods consist of  multitude of jail cells which are kept open all day and the inmates are free to mingle around the giant room where the cells are located.  As to the east annex, this used to be the work release facility and consists of a number of large rooms with bunk bed cots.

Unlike what our perception of jail is in the movies, the parts of the Oakland County jail where drunk driving jail sentences are served is generally safe as most of the people are there because of the tough drunk driving judges of Oakland County.  During one's visit to the Oakland County Jail, their family can put money on their commissary account to purchase toiletries and more edible food.  Additionally, inmates are allowed to make calls and visits can be set up.

In the event that somebody receives a drunk driving sentence of 90 or more days, they can become a trustee, which offers additional benefits of extra days off and the privilege of living in the trustee dorm.  As to good time, the Oakland County credits extra days off for good behavior.