What to do about an increased traffic fine for failure to perform community service?

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What to do about an increased traffic fine for failure to perform community service?

My son got a ticket when he was 17 and the judge ordered a $500 fine and 60 hours of community service. Ipaid the $500 but my son had his high school to finish and he was not able to complete the community service. Now he is 18 and the court wants me to pay $1048 . What to do? I asked if he can redo the community hours now since he is done with high school but they said no he cannot do that.

Asked on January 29, 2011 under General Practice, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Did you have an attorney at the time that you entered in to this agreement with the court as to his sentence?  Maybe you should go back and consult with him or her and see of there is any way that you can make a motion to extend his time to do the community service hours or to ask for an increase in the hours instead of paying such a huge fine.  The court, though, has a lot of discretion with regard to most sentencing issues.  Did you know that there was a time limit for him to complete the community service hours?  Did he do any of them to at least show that he made a good faith effort to try and carry out his sentence?  Get help here.  Good luck.


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