DUI Community Service
Being convicted of drunk driving may lead to many punishments: jail time, probation, driver’s license suspension, and fines.
In many cases, the defense attorney will work with the judge to minimize a sentence by agreeing to have you perform a set amount of community service. This is a good way to minimize fines and shorten the amount of time spent in jail.
Community Service Options
There are many ways that you can perform community service. You may speak to a group about how dangerous it is to drink and drive or you may assist an anti-DUI group. Picking up trash on the highway is another option. In some circumstances, the judge may allow you to volunteer at a charity, although this option is typically only allowed for first-time offenders.
No matter which community service option you choose, it is important to carefully record all of the hours that you have worked. You will need to show this to the court as proof that you completed your community service.
It is important to demonstrate a good attitude during this time. Performing community service not only reduces the amount of jail time you face, it allows you to give back to your community. Having a positive attitude will ensure that you turn your crime into something useful, and will increase your sense of satisfaction.
DUI Victim's Rights Groups
In the majority of DUI cases, your community service work will be aimed at serving victim’s rights organizations – specifically anti-drunk-driving groups. Using sensitivity during this time is of the utmost importance.
As you can see drunk-driving is considered a serious offense. Across the nation, tougher and tougher DUI laws are passed every year.
The sentences for a DUI depend on a number of factors, such as whether you have had a prior DUI conviction, your blood alcohol content at the time of arrest, and if you caused an accident while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
It is important to contact a DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible if you have been charged with drunk driving. Your attorney will discuss whether community service is an option in your case.
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