For some minor crimes or infractions, courts may mandate community service in addition to or in place of fines or harsher sentences. However, not just any type of community service will fulfill your legal obligation—you will need to participate in service with an organization or location from a court-approved community service list.
All major cities in Texas have court-ordered community service options. Here’s an overview of what you should know if you’ll be required to perform community service in Texas as part of a court ruling.
Online community service
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be difficult or impossible for some people to participate in traditional in-person community service. With this in mind, you may be able to complete your community service hours through an online program.
Some locations that offer approved court-ordered community service will have online work you can complete from your home. You will choose your location from a list of the approved community service worksites located in Texas, and a representative will be in touch to help you contact the worksite and log your hours, as well as help you get proof of your service so you can present it to the courts. You can combine hours from different locations if your court allows you to do so.
The kind of online service work you can expect to have available to you will vary from location to location, and may depend on the type of crime of which you’ve been convicted.
Starting your community service
It’s important to double check that your chosen location is actually approved by your court for community service. You might not be able to choose your own location, such as a school or your church, though other courts might allow you to do so. The person overseeing your case will need to be able to confirm that you are working with a nonprofit organization that fulfills the requirements of the court.
Make sure you have all of the appropriate paperwork, and that you know how to track your service and maintain records. You’ll also need to provide proof of your identity and papers indicating the crime you’ve been convicted of committing.
If you have questions about community service in Texas, you can contact your attorney, or you can also reach out to the court overseeing your case. It’s important that you verify the qualifications of your chosen service location before you start working so you can fulfill your legal obligation.
For more information about how to do community service in Texas when required to do so by the courts, contact The Law Office of Rob Biggers today. Serving Lubbock-area clients since 2013, we specialize in working with our clients through a variety of legal situations, including DUI/DWI cases, family law cases, criminal law cases and more. Whether you need legal representation or are looking for more information about the community service options that might be available to you, we’d be glad to answer your questions. Reach out to schedule a consultation!
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