Question: My daughter was charged with DUI in Cherokee County. She's in college and she was home with one of her friends from the sorority and they went out to dinner. After dinner they met some friends from Etowah High School.
Unfortunately my daughter was the designated driver and she had some drinks. She claims she only had one beer but I don't really believe her. She took a breath test at the Cherokee jail and she blew a .195. I know that's very high.
My daughter wants to be a nurse. So she wants to know something about what community service is. She wants to do some community service even before she goes to court.
For community service for a drunk driving case, where should she do it? What kinds of community service projects are good to do? How does community service work?
B.T. in Woodstock
Answer: Under Georgia law, someone convicted of DUI has to perform community service. Generally, the amount of community service required under the law increases with each subsequent DUI conviction. So there is more community service required for a second DUI than for a first DUI.
Community service should be done at any non-profit organization. Sometimes prosecutors don't want it done at educational institutions or a religious organization.
The not-for-profit usually furnishes a letter, on its letterhead, stating the amount of time the person was there, i.e., the amount of volunteer hours worked. This letter can be presented to a prosecutor and probation as proof that community service was completed.
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