I was granted PC 1000 in Riverside Cnty. I had no transpo and was homeless, but after lots of court hearing rescheduling/extensions I managed to file my proof of completion to the court. All I had left were my fines. With no money, no job, no home, I still got to my hearings, even if it was to check in, request more time to pay, get an extension and another court date. The last time i went to a court hearing, the public defender (I’d never seen her before) said my case was too old and should be closed and this would be my last extension. Next time she would request a dismissal of my case. She made it seem like a good thing. Hey, I wouldn’t owe the fines anymore! The guilty pleas I had to submit (albeit reluctantly) to be granted PC1000 would forever stay on my record, case closed. I’d be a criminal with a record!
The worst thing i could ever imagine! Everything I worked for and money paid for classes down the drain.
So, not knowing what else to do, when I didn’t have the money the next time. I just didn’t go back. I figured I could go back with the money for the fines and beg for mercy, hoping the judge would take the money and dismiss my case since I did the classes.
It's always convenient to blame others for our screwups.Sounds like the Public Defender if it was a Public Defender(sounds more like a DA rep) told you you had continued so long and failed to complete for so long that the court would terminate the case and thus the conviction would stand that you had hoped to have expunged by your successful completion of all of the requirements. Of course your final straw was your failure to appear but it also could be your saving grace.You now most likely have a warrant unless court went ahead and terminated unsuccesfuly if you have a warrant you can put yourself on calendar and request one last gasp at completing the stuff you were supposed to complete
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I'm not convinced "threatened" is the appropriate description.
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Public defenders do not usually threaten. They are sometimes messengers for what the court would do. You should have returned to court instead of blaming the PD messenger.
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL, DUI AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY- 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE
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