Electronic House Arrest vs. Electronic Monitoring

This post deals with the post-conviction application of EHA or Electronic Monitoring in a Raleigh criminal case.

If a person is sentenced within an Intermediate (I) sanction block, that person must face at least 1 of several intermediate sanctions, including:


  • Split Sentence – up to a 1/4 of the sentence in custody, with the balance hanging over the offender’s head during a term of probation.
  • Drug Court – requires that the person face at least 120 days in order to qualify
  • Electronic House Arrest
  • Electronic Monitoring

There is a huge difference between Electronic House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring, at least as it’s applied in Wake County. EHA is far more restrictive, allowing the offender to leave his house only for the following three reasons:

  1. School
  2. Work
  3. Counseling/Treatment

Other than those reasons, the person may not leave his or her house. In addition, the offender must first provide written proof to his probation officer in order to be allowed to leave his or her house to those locations. EHA is effectively a jail at home.

Electronic Monitoring is a less restrictive, but still closely monitored program that allows a person to leave his or her house during the day, with a curfew, to be determined by the probation officer, set each evening. A person’s travel may be restricted by the probation officer, but he may be permitted to go grocery shopping, pick up the kids from school, go to WalMart, and so forth, which are not permitted while on post-conviction EHA.

Pre-trial EHA is a different program, that isn’t as restrictive as post-conviction EHA.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.