3 dependents I provide only income. Was bringing Mother to Dr. because she didn't feel well enough to drive. I admitted to knowing about my license. I am below poverty level.
You may have a defense to the Driving with suspended license if you can show driving was a necessity due to a real emergency (your mother's illness) but I suggest talking to an attorney to see if that is actually applicable to your specific case facts. DWS is classified as second degree misdemeanor and can face penalties up to 60 days in jail for a first offense and/or up to $500 in fines. In terms of receiving a public defender, you can go to the public defenders office and pick up an application to fill out or the application may be available to you in pdf form online at the clerks website.
At First Appearance or Arraignment, you will be given the opportunity to fill out a sworn financial affidavit listing your income, assets and liabilities. Based on that information, the judge will appoint the Public Defender if appropriate. Everyone who drives with an expired or revoked driver license has a reason that they were behind the wheel, but that goes toward sentencing mitigation and not to the elements of the crime alleged. Courts are usually understanding if this is your first driving while licensed revoked offense and not so much if this is a repeated offense. Consult with an attorney if you cannot get the PD appointed to your case.
When you go to court on the date given for your citation, there should be a public defender who will advise you.
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