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Thank you for your question.
Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.
When you were driving, were you aware that your license was suspended, or was that a surprise when you were pulled over?
It was a surprise. He asked me did I know why and I had no idea. I went to the MVA first and they told me to go to the court house and that is where I found out my license was suspended for a ticket and I had to pay to get it back.
That is good news then
If unaware and legitimately unaware of the suspension which you now took care of, it actually strengthens your position in court.
The mistake I made is I chose to go to trial. What can I do to win this case or what evidence do I need to present to not be fined or jailed hopefully?
That is why I am a bit unclear
Why did you choose trial?
I thought the officer needed reasonable suspicion. But I don't think so according to what I have been reading. I was doing nothing wrong and was stopped and not even told why. Since my license was suspended I guess Im looked at as a law breaker so he did a good job
No reasonable suspicion needed. Reason being driving is a privilege, not a right.
An officer could request to see your documentation at any time you are on the road.
But that is not something that is really at issue.
If you can prove and show that their notice went to the wrong address, and you upon finding out of the suspension immediately reversed it
Be it by filing for reinstatement, paying fines, etc... (ALL of that is viable information that you can bring with you to court)
That is all I need to have with me and I will hopefully be ok? I know the judge will be pissed cause I took this to trial just to bring in my information. I hope not
It is not a defense for driving without a license, but it is a justification for why you had no idea and that you responsibly and quickly reversed the concern.
Going to jail is unlikely. So is getting the license suspended
What the judge wants to see a reasonable explanation, and for want of a better term, an adult and a responsible approach in getting the issue resolved
So I will most likely be fined. Just hope to keep my record clear
paying the fine is responsible once aware license was suspended. Similarly seeking and obtaining reinstatement is likewise responsible.
Right, and some judges have been known to reverse the ticket outright when it can be shown that you had no good idea that you were suspended.
No guarantee of that, but it happens fairly often.
I can deal with that. Thank you very much sir. I just didn't want to pay someone too much for what I can handle myself.
I agree, and in your case I see it as something you can handle on your own.
Please understand that if I felt you needed counsel I would have said so.
But a first offender who genuinely can prove that he did not receive notice which he later reinstated, I really do not see a reasonable judge doing more than issuing a fine.
Especially if you appear in court with a license that is active and reinstated. That is vital.
Thank you very much for your help and honesty
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You are most welcome, glad to help!
You got! Peace and blessings