If you recall back in November, Partridge Family star, David Cassidy was arrested for a DUI in Florida. Cassidy pleaded no contest and today it was announced that he will not be going to jail. Instead, Cassidy will have his license suspended for six months, get one year of probation, and do 50 hours of community service.
Community service is a common sentencing alternative for DUI offenders. I know a lot of people think of community service as a bunch of guys at the side of the road picking up trash. However, there are a lot of other types of community service that carry out people’s sentences. Yes, roadside cleanup is a common job. Other common cleaning jobs include maintaining the grounds of public parks, gardens, low-income housing, and public buildings.
Other forms of community service include collecting items for charity or even helping to build homes and other buildings. Offenders have been known to assist police and fire departments, as well as help out in nursing homes and public libraries. Occasionally, there is clerical work.
Most police departments usually like to assign people to community service projects in the realm of their crime. For example, if someone was arrested for littering, they will likely be assigned to pick up trash. As a result, a lot of DUI offenders will be assigned to talk with school groups about the dangers of drunk driving.
A lot of people feel that community service is an effective way to carry out one’s punishment. It teaches people to have respect for their community, which could be more beneficial than jail time. To see if community service is a viable option for you, contact a DUI attorney right away.