It sounds like she pled "Not Guilty" for on your behalf and preserved all of your rights. If you are not happy with that result then you have the right to change your plea to "Guilty" and be convicted. www.BryceFetter
It is standard for an attorney to enter a written plea of not guilty and waive arraignment. Only 2 things happen at arraignment: you enter a plea and get a sheet of paper with your official charge on it. If you have nothing else to do and want to wait around so you can insist on pleading guilty, feel free to attend your arraignment. Otherwise, your attorney did the proper thing for you. If you don't know much about a subject, it is better to ask questions and educate yourself before making judgments and criticizing others.
Challenging jurisdiction is the only reason not to waive arraignment and it happens 1 in a million cases. Unless you specifically informed your public defender that jurisdiction is an issue, he/she would have never known.
If you feel so compelled, you can file a Motion to Strike the waiver and state the reasons. There is a good chance that it will not be granted.
Your post was a rant, and stated nothing about the facts of the case. Typically, jurisdiction is never a viable defense, even if you think it is. The state has fairly large hurdles to overcome establishing jurisdiction prior to arrest. If you were arrested, chances are that jurisdiction has been established at least to a minimum level to proceed forward at trial.
If you are unhappy with your PD you have the option of hiring private counsel and advising him/her of your defensive concerns in advance.
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.
When you requested the appointment of a public defender, you acquiesced in allowing him/her to make tactical decisions. If you know so much better, you should have represented yourself. You can challenge jurisdiction after arraignment if there is a true legal issue as to jurisdiction. Entering a plea is not the deciding factor. You are confusing this with a civil action; criminal courts have different rules. I suggest you show more respect for your public defender.
The other attorneys are right if the plea is of "not guilty." "Waiving your presence at arraignment is allowed by the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. Your case is not prejudiced. Good luck!
Not a blunder, and probably not submitted in all CAPS. A not guilty plea beats a guilty plea every time. All of your rights were preserved. Work with your attorney, or retain counsel of your choice. You always have that right.
We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I accept a retainer, and we explictly agree to enter into representation.