One requirement of having a DUI conviction is serving community service. Some of the terms of your community service sentence depend on the details surrounding your case and whether or not it is a first or subsequent offense. If this is your first DUI conviction or brush with the law, you might find yourself curious about what community service entails.
Here is a brief rundown of what you can expect if for community service.
Community service requirements
Your community service sentence may require you to complete 40 hours (first-time offenders) or up to 30 days (subsequent/repeat offenders) at a court-approved organization. Not all volunteer and non-profit places qualify. It is important to check with the court to ensure the organization that you want to complete your community service stint at qualifies to avoid wasting your time and legal complications.
In order for your service hours to count, the organization must know about your criminal conviction and service requirements. It is up to their discretion to accept your circumstances and service tenure or not. You are not limited to where you complete your service. Many charities and associations accept people for community service. Keep an open mind and contact any organization that you may have interest in first.
Evidence of completion
In addition to completing your hours, you will need documentation to prove it. The organization you volunteer for should provide you with a physical document that verifies the hours you were there, the work you did and the dates and times.
Because community service for DUIs is mandatory in Georgia, you do not necessarily have to wait until your trial. Entering into community service before going to court for a DUI can potentially lead to a lesser charge and lighter sentence.