Should I try to finish community service or do jail time?
3 attorney answers
Please speak with your attorney who is privvy to the plea agreement in this case. If you are not doing your community service and are in violation of probation it is possible jail will be ordered. How much time you will receive for violating probation is up to the Court as well as whatever, if anything, was agreed to in your plea agreement.
If you were assigned the public defender call the public defender's office.
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If it was your second DUI you would have had to serve at least some jail time and the Community Service must have been in lieu of the fine. In that case, you can either pay the fine or there should have been a jail alternative. The normal amount of time to be served would be about 16 days if the fine was around $500.
I could give you a better answer if i saw your original sentencing sheet or you can ask your lawyer who was present when you plead. Of course, you could always ask for an extension.
What court was your case in? Each court has different policies on converting community service to jail.
Unfortunately, this question is best asked of your attorney. I suspect that the opinion of a lawyer based in Los Angeles is the best and most accurate without knowing more. In the courts that I practice, if volunteer hours are given it's usually 8 hours times the number of days, in your case that would be 32.5 days which may be excessive or lenient depending on the jurisdiction.
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