Is there any case where community service hours can be waived due t hardship?

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Is there any case where community service hours can be waived due t hardship?

I was sentenced to 1000 hours and have completed 305, due to theft by taking. I work 2 full-time jobs to pay loans to cover where I paid over $165,000 in restitution and fines. I am currently unable to get my hours in.

Asked on May 8, 2012 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

This is a matter you want to bring up to your probation officer and your sentencing Judge. Community service is a common condition of a defendants probation, and you are typically ordered to complete it in its entirety. Where hardships arise, you need to bring this to the attention of your P.O. and Judge so that an alternative/substitute condition can take the place of the community service, or the Judge may waive the condition altogether upon a validation of your hardship. Until you get the courts approval to modify your community service order, my advice is to try your best to comply to avoid violating your probation.


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