Friend,What's going to happen tomorrow in court ?
Understand that tomorrow will only be one of several appearances in Court. If it is the first appearance, it is called an "arraignment," wherein one makes a plea, and someone in your situation may wish to plead NOT GUILTY. As such, this will reset the matter to give you time to find counsel, or if you cannot afford one, to ask the Court
for an attorney. If you do, the Court will quiz you on your finances and determine whether or not you qualify for public appointment.
Once the Court is reset (either with you being appointed counsel, or, asked to find counsel), it will be reset several times to give time for you and the prosecutor to come to an agreement. In other words, what will normally happen at least 1-2 times is that you will have a court setting, your attorney and the prosecutor will touch base, negotiate, and the Court will be reset (again). Within this time, you can take a negotiated plea, or, take your chances at trial. The Court will want you to make your decision typically by fourth or fifth setting. So this may go on for a while.It was in my mothers car in dont want her to lose her insurance and I don't want to go to jail. What can I do ?
Your mother is unlikely to be touched by this matter, or her insurance, as you were the driver, and not her.Prosecutor's Leverage
If this case gets to trial, the prosecutor is likely to call the officer who will make an appearance and explain what he feels happened. He may or may not bring his dashboard camera tape that can also show what happened, if there is one. Normally, the Judge (or Jury, if you have a jury trial) takes the word of an officer over the Defendant.Your Leverage
The prosecutor is normally very backed up. They are handling literally dozens of cases at once. Setting a matter for trial - jury trial, more so - is a serious issue since they have little time to prepare, file the proper motions, and generally make room for the trial to happen.Negotiation
Recall how I had mentioned negotiation as one of the options. Very often, individuals in your situation are given a "plea deal," and in fact, about 90% of traffic matters and other driving-related matters are handled this way. The prosecutor is likely to offer a plea deal and it may or may not be a good deal for you to consider.
According to § 186.620
, a first offense of driving with a suspended license
is a Class B misdemeanor
which is 0-90 days in jail and an additional six months of license suspension.
I am guessing that you were arrested when this happened. If so, then very likely, the prosecutor is going to offer "time served" for the arrest as part of a plea deal and/or a reduced charge. You need to allow your attorney to negotiate for you. Very likely, there may not be jail time. But the prosecutor is not even likely to negotiate with YOU directly unless you have counsel, so you need to either get one, or have one appointed.
But to answer your question as to what to do - someone in your situation may wish to:
1) Plead not guilty;
2) Ask for an attorney appointment; and
3) Ask for a reset to speak with your appointed attorney, or, to find counsel yourself if denied public appointment. The Court should oblige.
Then, allow for the attorney to negotiate for you.
May I recommend the KY Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.
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