Community service may be available to DUI offenders
Because drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) face wide ranging consequences, including license suspensions, substantial fines, and jail time, courts have experimented with “alternative sentencing.” Courts and prosecutors in California have devised these sentencing alternatives in lieu of jail time and as part of plea bargain agreements. Instead of a fine or spending time in prison, an offender is given the option of completing a set number of hours of unpaid work in a nonprofit organization. The community service alternative is generally in conjunction with a probation requirement. Typically, sentencing is suspended while the DUI offender works to comply with whatever the sentencing alternative might be.
Community service alternatives sometimes involve working at state or non-profit organizations such as Caltrans, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, YMCA, or other charitable organization. The work varies widely in nature and may include picking up trash at parks, graffiti removal, or freeway cleanup or school maintenance. In other instances, offenders with professional skills like, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, doctors, dentists, etc., can donate their time to social service agencies.