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My son refuses to do his community service hours.

Albany, NY |

He committed a "prank" in high school. We paid restitution - $200. What will happen if he does not complete his communityservicehours?

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if he does not have a valid reason for not doing the community service he may be sentenced to a jail alternative, the court will not accept excuses... nor 'i dont want to' so he'd better get himself in gear or face imprisonment.

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Not knowing the conditions he agreed to when he plead, it is difficult to answer this. A judge usually sets some form of alternative jail sentence if the person fails to complete it. It would be a violation of his conditional discharge (if he was sentenced to one). With a young individual normally the court will give him a stern talking to and a second chance to complete the community service but if the defendant continues to refuse or false to do it, the judge will sentence him in accordance with the promised alternative.

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