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Since there is no Vehicle Code 13004, I really don't know what you're talking about. Feel free to elaborate.
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I'm sorry, you're right. I was looking at 11304, not 13004. That said, it's not realy "hard labor," it's picking up trash on the freeway, or painting over graffiti. "Hard labor" is using a sledgehammer to smash rocks -- that doesn't happen very often, except in some of those down home southern states.
Assuming that the court is offering you a dismissal for 10 hours community service, you would have to be nuts to refuse, because it will mean no record -- which is a flat-out gift!
Any crime on your ID is an issue in this wonderfully punitive society we live in today. Celebrities can get away with it, but the ordinary person, if they need a job, will be turned away from just about all employment opportunities.
I think that a physician's testimony about the convict's inability to stay in the sun may be useful. Maybe he can negotiate to work 2 hours at a time for 5 days, or something like that.