New Regulations Added for Sober Living Homes in Phoenix
The valley of the sun has seen a recent spike in sober living homes. However, the increased number of homes are causing some issues with surprised neighbors, forcing them to take action.
Currently, there is no way to tell or know for sure if a sober living or recovery home is in your neighborhood or plans to come to your area. This is because there is no database that keeps track of these homes. Furthermore, this means that there is also no one regulating these home.
Why a spike in sober living and recovery homes? It is reported that heroin and other drugs are becoming easier to find and are now cheaper. Many people need treatment after they become addicted and these homes are a source for it, but since some group homes are not regulated, the sober living residents get taken advantage of. Often times, these homes will take the money of the residents, but not make them adhere to any rules. So in the end, they are actually not getting the help they need to get on the road to recovery.
Since no one is really in charge of overseeing or managing these homes, neighbors in these areas have been looking for ways to change that. A group of residents came together and was able to get the Phoenix City Council to pass new regulations on sober living and recovery homes. These regulations include a $1,500 licensing fee for homes and spacing rules, meaning that these homes cannot be too close to each other, occupying the same area. There is no official list of homes, so enforcing these new regulations could be a challenge. However, the Arizona Recovery Housing Association has stepped up and is trying to regulate a handful of sober living and recovery homes.
Source: ABC 15
Breaking Down Your Arizona Probation Terms
If you have been sentenced to probation in Arizona, you may be confused by the fact your judge gave you a timeline of something between 18-24 months of probation. Probation terms in Arizona dictate that a judge can sentence an offender to time frame of probation instead of a specific number of months.
Review of Arizona Probation Law
Probation is the the release of an offender from detention, subject to a period of good behavior under supervision. It can also be served in lieu of prison time for minor or first-time offenses. When a judge sentences an offender to 18-24 months this means they are willing to review the terms of probation after 18 months. If the judge feels that an offender has been successfully rehabilitated they will grant a release from probation before the full 24 months is completed.
Can I File for Early Termination?
An offender can file for early termination at any time after your probation requirements, besides amount of time, have been completed. Probation requirements can range from completing community service to attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. That being said, the motion will most likely be opposed by your probation officer and the prosecuting attorney for your case. Your request will be taken into consideration whether or not you violated any terms of your probation.
Most plea deals and probation terms will indicate when you can file for early termination. Consult with your criminal defense attorney who can be an asset in having your probation terminated early. A defense attorney can help get your PO on the ground and meet with the prosecutor in your case.
You are currently on probation and hope to file for early termination give us a call today and our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys will provide guidance in these matters. We have assisted many clients in having in post probation matters.