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I GOT A DUI, WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T FINISH MY COMMUNITY SERVICE?

Posted by David Jones on Sep 28, 2015

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Were you convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Madera, Fresno, Kings or Tulare County?

You were convicted of misdemeanor DUI, and you did everything the court told you to do, but you didn't complete the community service or work program. What happens now? Is there any way that you can get an extension, or can you just pay fines in lieu of community service?

 You know that you made a mistake, you should have found the time to do the community service or work program, but somehow other obligations like work or school got in the way. Now you're wondering what's going to happen.

First Ask for an Extension

First, you and an experienced DUI attorney, should go back to court and request an extension before the scheduled court date where you're supposed to show proof of completion. If you've already missed that date, then there is a warrant for your arrest and it will need to be recalled. The warrant gets recalled by putting your case on calendar and going to court. What happens next all depends on the judge. Judges have a great deal of power in situations like this, so it's in your best interests to be represented by a DUI attorney who is familiar with the local judges and their attitudes towards this type of probation violation. The result could range from jail or simply a re-referral to complete the community service or work program.

 Whether or not there's a warrant for your arrest at this point, you will benefit by speaking with an attorney from our firm. We can answer your questions, tell you what to expect, and help put your mind at ease.

David Jones

David E. Jones is a Central Valley area DUI and criminal defense attorney who represents those accused of DUI and other crimes in both state and federal court. Mr. Jones has practiced criminal law throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties since 1996. Mr. Jones was a Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County 12 years and has been an instructor for the Police Academy for over 10 years. He is an experienced and respected trial attorney.

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