I have had some complications with a ticket in my state, I missed a court date and I was filing for a just cause hearing to try and get a new hearing. I was told that I had until April 30th to send the hearing notice in or the DOL would suspend my license for FTA/Unpaid Ticket.
I mailed it, priority overnight mail on April 27th. To make sure, I called the DOL on Monday (the 30th) to ask if my license was clear. The guy told me I was clear to drive, I assumed that they got the noticed and were going to send me a letter telling me when/if I should show up for my just cause hearing. Five days later, I got stopped. The officer came up and said, "Okay, I need you to pull over the car on the right hand side [cause I was on the left] because your license is suspended and I can not let you drive, did you know it was suspended?" I was shocked.. I was like, "No I didn't."
Anyways, long story short he wrote me for DWLS3. He then told me that my license was suspended at 12:01 AM on April 29th. (That's a sunday) So that means when I called on the 30th, the guy told me wrong when he said I was clear. I have phone records to prove I called, I spent 14 minutes on the phone. Is this a legitimate defense, I was talking to the prosecutor and she said that the state just has to prove that you knew it was suspended and that you were driving on it. I was really trying NOT to get this ticket because my applications to law enforcement. The other ticket is all closed, paid for etc and my license was given back to me the day after I got the DWLS ticket.
Anyways, I had a public defender and she seemed to be on my side. Today though, she did a 180 when I went to my pre-trial and said I couldn't win in court and that I should just plead guilty. I didn't want to, but she acted like I had no other options.
So, I plead guilty. Driving away, I felt regret, I shouldn't have done that. I just lost my job, and it put my life on hold for five years. I am trying to be a police officer and a DWLS will DQ me for five years and I work for a driving company now so if this criminal traffic goes on my record, I get fired.
So, how do I go about changing my plea? I just entered it today. I have tried to call my public defender but she refuses to return my phone calls it seems. What are my chances of getting it changed to Not Guilty and get a continuance in order to get different counsel.. any advice is much appreciated.