24 hour curfew is a condition of release in Vermont that requires a defendant to reside and stay at a specific residence 24 hours a day with very limited exceptions. It is often imposed when an individual is facing serious criminal charges.
One of the benefits of a 24 hour curfew is that the defendant can be living in the community while awaiting trial even though he is facing a serious offense for which he might otherwise be incarcerated pending trial.
One of the downsides of 24 hour curfew is that because you are not in the custody of the department of corrections (as you would be if you were living at home on pretrial release pursuant to home detention) so you cannot build up jail “credit.”
Depending on your particular situation it is important to discuss the potential pros and cons of 24 hour curfew and home detention with your Vermont criminal defense attorney.