Where can I do community service at for felony battery?
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Community Service Hours generally come in 2 forms: 1) As a special condition of probation or 2) as a term of a diversionary program... and the distinction is an important one.
If your CSH’s are court ordered then oftentimes there are alternatives to completing them. Many Judges will permit you to “buy” some or even all of your CSH’s - usually at the standard rate of $10.00 / hour. But if your CSH’s are a part of a diversionary program then you must do them or you will likely be bounced out of diversion. (This is because diversion is a State Attorney owned and operated program and the Court has no authority or jurisdiction to intervene in the State’s decision to admit you, keep you or graduate you from their program.)
Either way, whomever is supervising you will provide you with a list of alternatives for your consideration. Still, and as a general rule, any bona fide charity (not your cousin Jimmy’s community food bank but a legitimate, bona fide 501(c)(3) charity), government, academic or religious organization or entity will usually suffice.
In Miami I make it a point to recommend the Humane Society. Yes you can go there and sweep up pet dander but you can also earn CSH’s by fostering a pet. The conversion rate in Miami is 2 CSH’s for each 24 hour period of foster care. To me, an animal lover, this is a win win scenario.
If you have CSH’s then please do them, and do them on time. And if you have a problem then a) if you are on probation get in front of your Judge fast, on your terms, respectfully seeking guidance, lest you should have to appear on a VOP or b) talk to your PTI supervisor, stat, lest you should get bounced out and have to face the charges rather than earning a dismissal.
Wishing you good judgment, luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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You can complete community service at any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (such as Salvation Army, Goodwill, Veterans of Foreign Wars, etc.). Usually, the best places to do community service are local agencies like dog shelters, parks and recreation, etc.