I have been researching where to do my hours but a lot of places do not expect a person with this charge, I can't find a place at all. What can I do?
Just keep looking. You can't look for a day or two and say, "well judge, I couldn't find anything." Fill out whatever applications you need, keep a journal of where you went and were denied, but ultimately, you need to find someone.
Ask your lawyer and your probation officer for information to help you comply with the court order.
This question should be directed to your probation officer. If for some reason you do not have one, go back to court and get copies of the order from the judge on your case and read it carefully, because you probably missed the part where you were put on probation and may already be in trouble.
If you really do not have active probation, call your local probation office anyway and ask them for a few court approved places where you can do your service. Food banks are usually top of the list.
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If your probation officer is not helping you find a place and you really can't find any place to do the hours, go to Volunteer Fairfax. It's a little white house on Page Avenue in the Fairfax County court complex. They will charge you a fee for helping you find a place because you are doing it for a court case, but they will also make sure you get a place to do your hours.
There are plenty of Churches that are willing in the area. The most important thing to remember once you find a place to do your CS, is to make sure your hours are well documented. Most likely you will be required to have a Letter of Completion on company letterhead accompanied by a time sheet, with the dates and times hours were completed. Do Not Procrastinate! Get it Done! You will be glad you did.
If you are on supervised probation or papers call the po. If unsupervised call your county or city for a list of places. If your city or county has a L.O.T.S program you can contact them as well.
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If you have been required to do community service through a community service office, that office hopefully has ideas. Any issues with finding community service places should be raised with your lawyer. I reserve addressing going to any probation agent you may have; it is ideal for you to be advised on that by a qualified lawyer.
I would imagine that community services places that would not flinch at your conviction will include parks, nursing homes, houses of worship and various fundraisers. The local United Way likely will have ideas. These are but a few ideas. All the best to you. Jon
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