If you are required to spend some time in the county jail and you are employed, you will likely be eligible for work release. If your sentence is relatively short, the judge may also allow you to serve your sentence on electronic home monitoring or perform community service, in lieu of jail time. You may receive credit for jail time served after you were arrested that will count towards your jail sentence.  Such credit may not be authorized if you serve your term on electronic home monitoring or community service. If you are sentenced to prison, you will not have work release rights. Some state-regulated occupations prohibit persons convicted of certain crimes from becoming licensed or to remain employed in their position. Your employer may find out about the conviction because your probation officer may have to contact your employers to verify certain information that you have provided. An employer may find the information by conducting a criminal background check or a review of publicly available court records.  Likewise, if you are put on work release or electronic home monitoring, your employers will probably be contacted.