When it comes to being charged with a crime, there is usually one thing on everyone’s mind: jail time. Many people worry about the impending sentence that they could face and how they will move forward. However, not all judges will automatically sentence somebody to jail time, especially when the circumstances or the crime don’t call for it. Some judges will instead choose something known as ‘alternative sentencing,’ which is the category that community service falls under.
Community service has shown proven results in many cases, helping rehabilitate those who dedicate their time to society after they have committed a crime. Many judges find that there are real results, which is why this is being offered to more and more defendants nowadays.
When is Somebody Eligible?
Of course, going into the courtroom and demanding community service for a serious crime isn’t always going to bring results. However, some people will find that they are eligible for community service and that it is very helpful and beneficial. Usually, community service that is most appropriate to the crime will be chosen. For instance, if you have committed the crime of DUI, your service might be giving a speech to school-age children about the dangers of drunk driving.
If you do not abide by the rules of your community service or skip out on your service, you might be ineligible for any other options and the judge could decide to impose the jail sentence that you were facing prior to this.
And, just because you received community service, does not mean that you are automatically ‘off the hook.’ Say that your crime injured or caused emotional or financial stress to another party. You might be imposed a sentence of community service and restitution as a result. A judge could decide to mix punishments as a way to make you pay for the crime.
As you can see, there are many different options when it comes to sentencing. We want you to make the most of your case, which is why we will stand by your side and help you defend your rights during this difficult time. Call us for more information.