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Useful Public Service/Community Service

USEFUL PUBLIC SERVICE (UPS)

Defendants are Court ordered to complete hours of Useful Public Service (Community Service) at the time of sentencing.  The purpose of Useful Public Service is to turn a conviction into a “donation” of time and energy and to provide a positive experience for both the client and the community they reside in.  Clients will have an extensive list of 501(c)3 non-profits to choose from in La Plata County to fulfill this requirement.  Useful Public Service clients are also able to complete their required hours at any 501(c)3 non-profit in their home county or state if they reside outside of La Plata County. The only pre-requisite for Useful Public Service is the client contacts this office and registers prior to beginning any of their Useful Public Service hours. 

Important information when signing up for Useful Public Service

Please complete the attached packet and return along with a copy of your SENTENCING ORDER / MITTIMUS, any extensions you may have obtained for completion of your UPS, and a photo ID by either e-mail (UsefulPublicService@co.laplata.co.us) or fax, 970-375-2347 (PLEASE ONLY USE BLACK INK TO FILL OUT YOUR FORM!). Click the link to see a Sample Sentence Order.

Once your application, sentencing order, and copy of photo ID are received they will be reviewed for completeness.  Once all paperwork received and deemed complete, you will receive an email with a payment link to pay the $120 fee.

You ARE NOT REGISTERED until payment has been made and ANY HOURS COMPLETED PRIOR TO REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

The application below can be filled out in the window that will open up when you select it.  Once finished, you will need to email the application along with your sentencing order and a copy of your ID to the following email address: usefulpublicservice@co.laplata.oc.us.

Useful Public Service application packet - fillable .pdf version