Thanks for your answer. I am happy to hear that you did have a real ID to show them. That was not clear from your first post. Still, because you also had the forged one, they charged you with a misdemeanor
. Arizona Revised Statute 28-3476
is the section of the law for which you were arrested. They would have to prove the elements listed in the statute to convict you, and maybe they could not do that. But that's a question of fact that would come out at trial
. The case doesn't get thrown out just because you don't think you did anything wrong.
Criminal matters are not like civil cases. You are a defendant
and you are expected to show up. The court answered your first letter and gave you a new date. You ignored the new date of November 3 and waited until the 18th of November to write to the court again and ask to appear telephonically. Your letter that told you to call the prosecutor also tells you that a warrant is now pending against you. That warrant is for your arrest
You should call the public defender's office in the county in Arizona where your court is located, and ask them if they can contact the prosecutor for you and find out what he wants to speak to you about. Maybe the prosecutor will dismiss charges against you once he gets information about the person you got the license from (if that's what he wants from you). On the other hand, as there's a warrant for your arrest, he might want YOU.
Warrants never expire. Only the judge can make them go away, and almost always, the defendant has to be there when that happens. Otherwise, this warrant can cause you trouble anywhere in the country it turns up.
You are going to have to clear up this matter, which means calling the prosecutor. But you should not call without having a lawyer talk to the prosecutor first. If the Arizona public defender won't help you, try your local public defender's office and see if they'll contact Arizona for you.
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Edited by FranL on 12/3/2009 at 12:04 AM EST