DUI Community Service Sentence
By: Chris Kramer
Community service is a common form of punishment for DUI offenses. It's often viewed as a way for offenders to give back to the community by paying for their crime with a sentence that benefits society.
Critics of this method, however, claim that community service does not deter people from drinking and driving.
Community Service Types
There are certain ways to fulfill a community service sentence that are more frequently used than others. Some of the more popular methods include:
- Public speaking about the dangers of driving while under the influence
- Helping anti-drunk driving associations
- Cleaning up roads or highways
- Volunteering at charities
Sometimes individuals are able to choose the charity for any volunteer work included in the sentence. This happens most often with first-time offenders. However, there are many cases in which the judge dictates where the person convicted of DUI completes her community service.
Structure of Community Service Sentence
No matter where the community service is performed, there is a strict structure for this sentence. A probation officer supervises all aspects of this sentence, recording the hours invested in the community service provided. Afterwards, the offender must prove to the court that he has completed the required amount of time.
The total hours in a community service sentence can vary by state and by the severity of the DUI offense. Some states require a minimum of 50 hours for a first-time conviction. Other states, though, may demand up to 100 hours in order to fulfill the community service requirement.
Repeat offenders may receive longer community service terms in addition to possible jail time, fees and other penalties. An individual in this circumstance could get anywhere from 150 to 600 hours of required community service.
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Community service is one of the more lenient sentences given for DUI. However, even a less severe sentence for a DUI conviction doesn't lessen the long-lasting impact a DUI conviction can have on a person's record.
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