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When community service hours are issued there are some guidelines which must be followed in order for the hours to meet standards set out in the Kentucky statutes. First of all, all community work programs must be done through a nonprofit organization, public agency or eleemosynary institution. All hours must be well documented by the agency which the offender is working for. The agency must document the hours which were worked, the quality of the work done and the nature of the work done. Any persons doing work for said agencies may not use his/her work as employment nor may one be considered for employment by such agency after the his/her service hours are complete. Also, all agencies within this program have ultimate discretion as to whom they choose to accept or deny. Further, the court shall provide supervision for participants in the program. This supervision shall come at no cost to the state or the participant.

The hours which the participant works shall be calculated as follows: eight hours shall be considered one day’s worth of work, twenty eight day work hours shall be one month. No one shall be issued a sentence of less than four days of work. Hours shall not be added together to meet the required hours, except when a period of four hours or more has been completed. If any one participant fails to complete assigned hours, does not perform appropriately, or fails to pay any fines imposed shall be found in contempt of court and any other penalties previously imposed shall be reinstated.

In addition to any other penalties imposed for a DUI offense the court must require that all offenders to an alcohol or substance abuse treatment program. This, like all penalties, varies depending on the number of offenses which one previous convicted. A first time offender shall be sentenced to a ninety day treatment program. At the beginning of the program all participants must be given an assessment pertaining to his/her individual alcohol or substance abuse problems. Any offender sentence to such treatment program enrollment must pay all costs associated with the program. If the offender completes the program before the ninety day period and an administrator from the program issues a report to the court saying as much the defendant may be released from the treatment program.

One convicted of a second offense shall also be required to attend an alcohol or substance abuse treatment program where an assessment of offenders’ alcohol and substance will be given. The period of the treatment for a second offender will be one year, unless a written report is issued to the court by the administrator of the program stating that the defendant has completed the program at which time the defendant may be released from treatment. When on is convicted for a third time the treatment time is the same, one year, but the program may be an in-patient or residential treatment program as opposed to an outpatient program. If the administrator issues a report to the court stating that the patient has completed the program the defendant may be released from the inpatient or residential program. However, they may be retained as part of an outpatient program for the remainder of his/her one year sentence.

If the defendant fails to complete the treatment program or pay the fees required by the court he/she shall be held in contempt of court and any previously imposed sentences will be reinstated. 


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