Please help me,
I am very scared, because yesterday I got pulled over by a very jerky motorcycle cop in Orange County because he saw me holding a cell phone in my hand.
I was not really using it, and then he asked for my license and registration. I was shocked because my license was expired, and I had not realized it, because I hoped the DMV was sending my renewal notice in the mail, as they did with my registration.
He told me that my car could have been towed, and I started to panic, and then I was crying very badly, because I have an anxiety disorder. I think he felt bad, so he dismissed the cell phone violation, but ticketed me for the license, and told me to park the car and get someone else to pick me up.
My fear is I dont know what will happen, the cop implied I could just correct the violation, but according to the ticket that is not so..
Also, this is a misdemeanor, and that scares me because I don't want to go to jail, and I am poor, I can't afford a severe penalty, I dont know what to do.
I have already fixed the license renewal with the DMV, but I can't get any information over the phone with the courts about the fine. They just told me to wait for the curtesy notice.
I am not an irresponsible driver, so this is very frightening to me. I read you can go to jail and pay over $1000 for this, thats too much for me to swallow.