I am in the military and I have no free time as it is. And certainly no free time that I am willing to set aside for any contribution to this terrible state. Just want to do my time here and be left alone until I am allowed to leave.
You haven't provided enough information for me to know exactly what your situation is, but if you were ordered by the Court to do community service and you fail/refuse to do so, you should expect a warrant to be issued for your arrest. If you would rather spend some time in jail and perhaps have your license suspended than do the community service work, perhaps that can be arranged with the assistance of a Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer.
You would be well served to contact a Virginia Criminal Defense Lawyer and discuss your options in more detail. Don't simply ignore it as that will make things worse for you.
Best of luck.
If you pled guilty, and agreed to community service, if you fail to do the community service you will likely have a warrant issued for your arrest.
You will certainly face some penalty if you do not complete the court ordered hours. Exactly what penalty and procedure you will have to deal with depends on the status of your case or how it was resolved.
This is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. That sort of thing generally costs money.
If you fail to do the community service you are likely to face proceedings by Virginia and by the Military. Virginia will seek an arrest warrant for failure to comply with the punishment (also known as contempt of court) and you will be arrested. The military can and most likely will then proceed against you for AWOL and you will face either an article 15 or Courts Martial for not being at your appointed place of work. If I was you, I'd get those hours done. Had you not wanted to do them you shouldn't have agreed to them.
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As others have said - no one has to do community service - like no one has to get a driver's license or pay taxes . . . HOWEVER, the "downside" is consequences. Good luck with the CS!!
The judge didn't have to give you community service hours; you could have gotten up to 12 months in jail. If you don't complete your hours you could be jailed for noncompliance with the court's order (and keep in mind that some of the Hampton judges do not allow defendants to serve weekend jail time). Being in the military will not be enough to excuse you from this requirement.
I encourage you to speak with whoever represented you at trial, and if you didn't have an attorney, you'll need one if you're violated for not completing the hours. Many of us on this website offer free consultations so you can meet with more than one and find a good match for you.
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