Question: I got arrested for DUI in Alpharetta about a week ago. I will call you to make an appointment but I'd like to know something about community service. I will have a bunch of questions but I'm concerned about community service because I travel a lot on business. I travel all over the country and frequently to Europe, Asia and Africa.
I don't know if I'll have enough time to complete community service because of my very busy work schedule. My office is in Dunwoody and I only go there maybe once a week, sometimes even less.
If I could do community service online that would make things much easier. That would mean that I could do community service volunteering with a charity with an internet presence and it seems like most non-profits have websites. I could even do it from airports, hotels and trains while I'm working.
So can I do online community service?
V.L. in Woodstock, GA
Answer: Georgia law provides for the completion of community service for a DUI. Online community service, however, is generally not allowed. While an Internet-based form of community service could certainly be helpful to many charitable organizations and those who rely on them, it is rarely, if ever, sanctioned by a court and probation officials.
In fact, some Georgia communities, like Sandy Springs and Decatur, actually like community service to be completed in that community, often for a specific governmental entity.
Perhaps someone with a disability might, under certain circumstances, be allowed to do some form of online community service with the assent of the judge and the probation officer.
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