When you have been charged with a crime and attend your court hearing, the judge may have another plan for you: alternative sentencing. A sentence doesn’t always mean that you will automatically spend time in jail or pay huge fines. Sometimes, a judge can order you an alternative sentence, such as restitution to victims, pretrial diversion, or community service. Community service works as a way to provide a service to the community that will benefit that society, rather than just sending an offender to prison. In many cases, an offender will find themselves rehabilitated after they have performed this service and will not commit a crime in the future.
When is Community Service Offered?
It depends on the type of crime that you were charged with, in many cases. For instance, if you have been charged with a DUI, your community service may be something along the lines of giving a speech to school age children about the dangers of drunk driving. If you are ordered to complete community service, there is no way out of it, or else you could receive harsher punishments like jail time or contempt of court charges. It may seem like a lighter sentence, but things will get worse if you decide to ditch community service.
Just because you have received community service doesn’t always mean that you may not suffer other penalties as well. Sometimes, a judge will assign community service alongside another penalty, such as paying restitution to a victim to compensate for losses. Failure to do so could also lead to contempt of court.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, community service may be an alternative option to look into. It may work best for you and offer you a sense of stability after you have been charged with an offense. We can help you gather evidence in your case to show the courts that this is the best option for you. Give us a call today to get started on your case.