Even if you are actively trying to avoid the tabloids, I am sure you are well-versed in Lindsay Lohan’s legal troubles this week.
As you know, Lindsay Lohan is required to work in a morgue as punishment for her crimes.
So, you ask, what is morgue duty? If you’re convicted of a DUI, are you going to have to be in a room with dead bodies all day?
Here’s the truth:
Morgue duty is actually a very common form of community service. Many people who have been arrested for a DUI avoid jail by opting for community service, parole, and/or alcohol education courses. Community service is a preferable form of punishment as it allows you to stay at home and avoid other incredible inconveniences that come with being jail (you know, inconveniences such as being in jail.)
Tasks you are required to perform in morgue duty are mostly janitorial. You will not be working around corpses, but don’t expect not to see a dead body in your periphery. After all, you’re in a morgue. You’re usually required to wash linens, clean plastic sheets, mop the floors, and clean the bathroom and work areas. So, rest assured, you don’t need to cut anyone open or watch for ghosts and zombies or anything like that.
There is a however… however.
Morgue Duty serves two purposes in terms of the justice system. It is a method of community service and it aims to teach/scare people about what can happen if you make irresponsible decisions. Whereas you won’t be face-to-face with corpses all day, many morgue programs require participants to watch an autopsy. It can definitely be pretty traumatic, but many people believe this helps people change their ways about the choices they make.
So, that’s pretty much morgue duty in a nutshell. It may be an option for you if you wish to avoid jail. Remember, the only way to request jail alternatives is to hire an experienced DUI to fight y our charges. If you have been arrested for a DUI, talk to a DUI lawyer today.