What Happens If I Dont Do Community Service Hours?


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Deborah Mann Profile
Deborah Mann answered
After you committed the crime, you were sentenced to community service as a punishment for that crime as an alternative to jail. If it was not your punishment then it could have been a condition of your parole. If you do not do your community service then you are breaking the conditions of your parole or violating the terms of your sentence.

It is really up to the judge who is hearing your case to decide what a more suitable punishment for you will be. They may give you another chance to do the original number of hours of community service or they may extend the number of hours. They may fine you instead or they may add the fine as an extra punishment as well as ordering you to complete your original community service.

If you have no previous convictions or have committed no crimes before this one then it is likely that the judge will give you another chance to complete the community service that you were originally given. If this offence was your first and you were given community service then you will probably be given one more chance. After that the punishment will probably get a lot more severe.

If you have committed crimes before and/or you have a history of skipping your community service then the worst case scenario is that you will have to spend some time in jail.

There is really no excuse that the judge will accept for you not being able to complete your community service. However, if there is a serious legitimate reason then just simply turn up to your hearing on time, smartly dressed and present your reasons politely to the judge. If they believe you are telling the truth then they will probably give you another chance to do your community service, however you had probably better do it this time.
Jeremiah Johnston Profile
Wow, I bet everyone here works for the criminal justice system. I wonder how opinions of these people truely affects others trying to find facts. I on the other hand am a 20 year veteran supervisor in the probation services field. The answer is done on a case by case basis where the severity of the case places specific orders to follow. The offenders record while being on probation can weigh heavily on the PO's decision to take a specific action. An offender can face a new set of orders, fines, and restitution or go to jail for a period of time recommended by the PO and granted by the judge.
Latrice Terry Profile
Latrice Terry answered
The ones who sentenced you to community service will bring you back to court and ask you why haven't you been in attendance. They will give you another chance to compete your service hours. If you don't do it then they will give you a harsher sentence.
Arthur Wright Profile
Arthur Wright answered
A warrant goes out for your arrest after awhile to appear back in front of the Judge to explain why and either get jail time or more hours added
Arthur Wright Profile
Arthur Wright answered
Courts may issue a bench warrant for failure to comply with a court ordered snetence and then this will compound your sentence
Walter Doolittle Profile
You go to jail, because Community Service is an alternative to jail time. So if you don't do it, you do the primary way to do your time; jail time.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The courts would issue a arrest warrant for breach of conduct for failing to listen to a court order and sentence you a jail term for obstruction of justice, plus the original jail term.
cbman thunder Profile
cbman thunder answered
Convince the courts you moved out in the boonies miles and miles away from being able to get there without severe financial burden.I did this when I was 18 and worked like a charm,they just dropped it with it actually just being served,I had I think was 40-50 hours and I did none.they also said I had to get my ged but I didnt do that untill I did it on my own when I was 32.theres loopholes in everything you just have to be creative about it,I been doing it for

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