Today I was pulled over by a police officer and they told me that my provisional license was suspended. I went to the MVA to check it out and they said it was suspended on 10/24/16 (over a year ago) due to failing to attend a driver's improvement program for a ticket I had gotten in August in 2016. I did not know I needed to attend the driver's improvement program because I had never gotten the letter. How difficult is this to resolve?
It’s not terrible, but you will likely want to get an attorney.
Odds are good that the letter was sent, but for a variety of reasons, you never saw it (ie roommate threw it out accidentally, etc.)
You will need to talk to the prosecutor in the case (this is where an attorney comes in handy) and try to convince him/her that this was unintentional and that you did not realize that you were driving on a suspended license. If you can convince the prosecutor of this, then they will likely be amenable to a plea deal of some type (ie probation before judgment, etc.)
Hope that helps.
It is your burden of proof to establish that you had no knowledge of the suspension and that you timely kept the MVA informed of any change in your address. An experienced serious traffic attorney may assist you in this process. You should promptly consult with one.
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You should contact an attorney to represent you. A conviction will result in points and a conviction or probation before judgment will result in a 30 day suspension of your license and starting the 18 month waiting period to get your regular license over again.
Complete the driver improvement program immediately and get your license reinstated, Make sure the MVA has your correct address.
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The MVA IS a powerful institution that affects your life. Do the program, so license not suspended . Get a copy of record and see an attorney to get educated regarding court.
Obviously, attend and complete the DIP, and try to get your license reinstated. Ideally, hire counsel to deal with the driving suspended charge. Most lawyers will try to get the charge dismissed, and that's a reasonable expectation if your license is reinstated by the trial date. If not, then a different negotiated deal might be worked out to a minor offense. Alternatively, you may have a good defense to the driving suspended charge based on the notice issue. That depends on why you did not receive the notice of the suspension or the requirement to take the DIP. If you moved and failed to notify the MVA of your new address in a timely fashion, that is your fault, although arguments can be made regarding that. This is why you need a lawyer, as there are too many possible permutations which cannot all be explored in one answer and without a lot more facts.
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