This is too broad. There can be many reasons such as an alternative to jail, fines, probation. It is a form of punishment that can often teach a lesson rather than the harshness of jail or the sometimes ease of spending $$ to make things go away.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
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Typically in those situations in which some punishment, productively, is deemed appropriate, but where having something as punitive as jail, or probation, or heavy fines is not. So community service, especially for younger people, and in which the case may result in an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal might occur. It depends upon the judge and prosecutor.
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