I went to court for driving without a valid license and the state said that I am looking at probation time due to the fact that there was damage costs.
The judge told me to get a public offender. Will my public offeneder be able to lessen the charge to where I can do community service and pay a fine. Or am I looking a the max (6 months probation) is what is being offered?
Can they turn around and tell me jail time? This is my first incident and I have previous criminal record.
Driving while license suspended is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by 60 days jail and up to a $500 fine. If you have a prior driving while license suspended then it's a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1year in jail and a $1000 fine. 3 driving related offenses within a 5 year period and you will be deemed a habitual traffic offender and lose your license for 5 years.
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Your public defender should be able to review the discovery, all of the information that the State Attorney's Office plans to use against you, and be in a better position to mitigate the plea offer from the prosecutor. The prosecutor can always revoke their offer up until the time that you plea the case out.