Were you convicted of
driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County? Let’s say that you were convicted of misdemeanor
DUI (your first offense), and you did everything the court told you to
do, but you didn’t complete the 120 hours of community service.
Just saying, if you got 120 hours of community service on a first offense,
that’s a lot and your lawyer probably got you a bad deal, but unfortunately
it happens to the best of us.
What is the punishment in this scenario? Is there any way that you can
get an extension, or better yet, can you just pay fines in lieu of community service?
You know that you made a mistake, and that you shouldn’t have gotten
behind the wheel. You never gave or took an excuse. You should have found
the time to do the community service, but somehow other obligations like
work or school got in the way.
Now you’re wondering what’s going to happen since you only
completed 50 hours of the 120 hours of community service ordered by the court.
First Ask for an Extension
First, you and an experienced DUI attorney, such as Virginia L. Landry
should go back to court and request an extension before the scheduled
court date where you’re supposed to show proof of completion.
The worst case scenario: A judge will sentence you to jail due to your
probation violation and you will still have to complete your 120 hours
of community service. Sometimes a judge will send you to jail and have
you serve out the term.
We don’t recommend that you tell the judge that your job got in the
way. Judges find these excuses disrespectful and after hearing such an
excuse, you can expect the judge to hand down the worst.
Judges believe that their orders are more important than any job, so the
fastest way to lose a judge’s empathy is to give the overly-used
If you’ve already missed that date, then there is a warrant for your
arrest and it will need to be recalled and you will be referred. In the
worst case scenario, a judge will order you up to 6 months for a first
time DUI, and up to a year or more on a second DUI.
If your case is in the OC, what you’ll get all depends on the judge.
Judges have a great deal of power in situations like this, so it’s
in your best interests to be represented by a DUI attorney who is familiar
with the local judges and their attitudes towards community service violations.
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
Whether or not there’s a warrant for your arrest at this point, you
will undoubtedly benefit by speaking with an
Orange County DUI lawyer from our firm. In a
free case evaluation, we can answer your questions, tell you what to expect, and help put your
mind at ease.