A 2 hour call means that your case is in line for trial. Essentially, it is an instruction from the judge that you and your attorney should be ready to proceed with trial with just two hours notice. Typically, that means there is another trial or another matter happening and the judge will move onto your case as soon as the earlier matter is finished.
If you violate probation and have a warrant, you may turn yourself into the jail or contact your attorney immediately. You will be entitled to a hearing on the alleged violations.
Obtaining a license is a different situation for different people. Some may have a suspended license because of unpaid court costs. Some may have a suspended license because of a criminal conviction that has a suspension as part of the sentence. And some may be suspended because of child support issues.
If you are assigned a public defender, please ask them for advice on how to obtain your license. If you are charged with driving on a suspended license, your attorney will see if you qualify for DUS Court, which is a special court set up to help people re-obtain their licenses.
You will be given an opportunity to set up a payment plan with the Clerk of Circuit Court. It is important that you keep up with payments or else your debt will be sent to collections. This adds a great deal of additional costs to your debt. Your license may also get suspended.
If your costs go to collections for any reason, there are two ways to take them out of collections.
First, your attorney can file a motion or have a judge sign an order taking the costs out of collections. This can only be done for a certain period of time to pay the costs. Therefore, it is important you take advantage of this opportunity, otherwise the costs will go back into collections.
Second, you can write a letter to the judge or courtroom division where your case was handled. Speak with the Clerk of Courts about the specific case that is suspending your license, ask for the division it is in, and write a letter requesting that the costs be taken out of collections. The Clerk will set a court date, so it is important you keep your address up to date with them so they can mail you notice. Attend that hearing and explain to the judge that you want the costs out of collections. Be sure to dress respectably.
You may in certain situations but it is up to the judge. Ask your attorney if he or she may help you set up your cases to be paid with community service or you may ask the judge yourself.
In the State of Florida, you are entitled to have the Office of the Public Defender represent you if you cannot afford to hire an attorney. This does not mean you are entitled to a specific attorney within the office. You will be assigned a qualified attorney based on your charges and the court division you are in.
If you are unhappy with your assigned attorney, you should first try to speak to him or her about why you are dissatisfied and see if you can resolve the problem. If this is unsuccessful, please ask to speak to the supervisor of the division who will try to find an appropriate solution.
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office has no set policy on when someone will be transported to DOC. Factors that affect when someone will be transported are: filling out the proper documentation, if the inmate has another open case, and if the inmate is housed at the West Detention Center. Typically the process takes two to three weeks.