Community Work Service

In lieu of cash payments, you may do community service in lieu of paying a criminal fine; your fine is paid off at the rate of $22 per hour of community service.

If you have been ordered to pay a fine to the Court and would like to perform Community Work Service in lieu of cash payments, you may enroll with a community work service agency.

  • Each hour of work performed applies $22 towards your fine.
  • You may combine work hours and payment.
  • Community work service is a privilege and it is your responsibility to complete your hours timely and assure that proof of completion is reported to the Court by the due date to avoid penalties.


If you need a 30-day payment extension to make Community Work Service arrangements, or if you would like to reduce the monthly payment amount by extending your payment period, please contact the Division responsible for your fine. The total fine cannot be reduced, but the monthly payment can be reduced by extending the payment period.

Delinquent Payments Incur a Penalty

A $300 penalty per PC1214.1 will be added to all delinquent payment plans. The Court will also refer delinquent plans to a collection company for payment.

It is recommended that you contact a Community Work Service provider as soon as possible so that you have adequate time to perform and report your work service.

FINDING A Community Work Service Provider

Community Work Service may be completed through Pucciarelli Consulting or any non-profit organization.

If you are completing community work service through a non-profit organization please follow these guidelines

Work hours must be documented on the organization’s letterhead and must include the following:

  1. Signature by the person in charge
  2. The total number of hours completed
  3. The dates the hours were completed on
  4. Contact information for the organization including address and phone number

The information below was provided by Pucciarelli Consulting, which is not a division of the Superior Court. The policies, fees and working conditions are established by the individual work service providers and do not reflect the policies of the Court.

P.O. BOX 961 Nipomo, CA 93444-0961
Phone: (805) 788-0100
Fax: (805) 631-5174

Pucciarelli Consulting can assist you in completing your community work service.  You may be able to complete community service in most areas of SLO County, and in some areas of Santa Barbara County.  Pucciarelli Consulting will work with you to find a site that will meet your needs, if possible.  This includes accommodating most physical limitations.

Pucciarelli Consulting accepts only credit/debit cards or money orders.  Fees range from $50-$150.00 depending on the amount of hours and type of service.  The use of credit/debit card will allow you to begin community service on the day you contact Pucciarelli Consulting.

Pucciarelli Consulting may be able to arrange an out of county transfer, if you wish to do your work in another county; or allow you to complete your community service in another state.

Pucciarelli Consulting is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Hours are 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Phone messages will be returned as soon as possible, during our normal hours.

Please have your court papers available, as this will aid in setting up your service.