Let’s say you were convicted of a misdemeanor
first offense), and you did everything the court told you to do, but you didn’t
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 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.
Your First Plan of Action
First, an experienced DUI attorney should go back to court and request
an extension before the scheduled court date where you’re supposed
to show proof of completion. In 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 telling 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.
Don’t Give the ‘Job’ Excuse
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
“job excuse.” If you already missed that date, 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.
Ultimately, what you’ll get 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 toward community service violations.
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.