I was charged with theft by deception and was put into a PreTrial program. I managed to get all my fines paid and other requirements but failed to complete my community service (160 hrs) I completed 80 hours. What do I need to do?
It appears you have substantially complied with the terms of pretrial diversion. If you have to appear in court and answer to the judge as to why you did not complete everything you should be represented by an attorney. If you don't complete the terms of pretrial diversion, you typically do not go to jail but your case gets put back on the regular trial calendar. You would be expelled from the program and you would go to court and go through the regular trial process
I doubt you will get put in jail for this. You need to get those 80 hours, or as many as you can, completed quickly. They will probably keep you in the program. If you get kicked out of the program your case will start over from the beginning. To learn more about diversion programs in Georgia please watch my informative video at http://atlantaduilawyer.com/dui_video/diversion-program/
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The answer to that question depends on the county you are in as well as on the particular judge. When you do not complete the pre-trial diversion program, generally that "deal" is off, and you have to renegotiate. Generally, the result of a successful completed pre-trial diversion is that your charges are dismissed. If you don't complete it in the time allotted, you could end up with the same requirements to complete, but with a guilty plea on your record. Some counties have hard and fast deadlines that cannot be adjusted if you don't complete your requirements by the deadlines. Others have more flexibility. Complete as much of your community service as possible, bring evidence of that to court with you, and be prepared to explain why you could not complete the remaining hours on time and how you plan to complete them.
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