Hello, i have court in two days and i didnt complete my community labor duty i owe 20 days and i havent done one. I was wondering if going tomorow and asking for an extension would work? I dont know how that works. I could not do it because i didnt have money to pay the labor work office and also i have a job that i have to keep beucase i owe a 600 dollar traffic fine
Do you have a criminal defense counsel? If not, you would be well advised to obtain counsel and ask for her/his assistance to present your mitigating circumstances argument to the court.
Depending on how it views your failure to comply with prior court orders, the Court has the option of holding you in contempt and levying additional sanctions or allowing you additional time to comply.
Simply stated: You are asking the Court to grant you a continuance to comply with prior Court orders. Be clear with yourself and the Court that you have made the necessary arrangements to get started immediately to complete your community service. Then - don't hesitate - get started and complete the service.
I hope this helps.
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Typically, as long as you are making a good faith effort, the court is willing to work work you. You can ask for an extension, but be prepared to offer a valid explanation.
Your "chances" of not going to jail improve if you have a really good reason for not completing the work.
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This is a tough one because we don't know what the underlying charge was. Do not tell the Judge that work was more important, just let your PD explain that you now have the funds to register and you will do it on the weekends so you can keep your job.
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