It is always best to seek the advice of an attorney prior to entering an type of plea. The arraignment is the formal reading of the charges. At the arraignment it isn't a time for you to explain your situation. The Judge will give you an opportunity to say guilty or not guilty. It is probably best to plea not guilty and then seek the advice of an attorney to discuss the potential defenses and any mitigation in your case to present to the Prosecutor.
This is not intended to be an attorney-client relationship and is my opinion only. Consult with a local attorney for additional advice
At this point you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to go over the specifics of your case and the best course of action to take.
John S. Riordan, Esq., RIORDAN & HERMAN, PL., West Palm Beach, FL, (561) 650-8291. Mr. Riordan is a former Palm Beach County Prosecutor and an experienced criminal defense lawyer handling cases in both State and Federal Courts throughout Florida. The answer provided is for educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney for legal advice regarding the facts of your specific case and designed to help you with your personal needs.
Your post is a little confusing. You said you were charged with driving on an expired license which is at most, a misdemeanor; but you also say that you were told this is a felony traffic charge. That could be the case if you have 2 prior driving on suspended license charges and the officer decided to charge that in this case. You need to talk to an attorney. I handle Pasco county if you wish to give me a call and I can see how I can help.
The deputy was probably mistaken about your situation being a felony as driving while license ssuspended is typically a misdemeanor charge. Further you were ROR'd so that would be a misdemeanor under the bond schedule.
One additional issue you need to be aware of is becoming a habitual traffic offender. If you receive 3 driving related offenses within a 5 year period you may be designated a habitual offender and lose your license for 5 years. I would not advise entering a plea at arraignment. Feel free to contact my office if you have any further questions.
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