My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: South Carolina.
I was recently pulled over for a speeding violation, which I cannot argue. I gave my information to the officer and he preceeded to issue me a speeding ticket. Also, he notified me that my license had been suspended 4 months prior and that he was taking my liscense away. He asked if I had known about this and I assured him I had known nothing. I preceeded to go the the DMV to discover the reason and get my liscense re-issued. The DMV then presnented me with a letter, which they claimed they had sent to me, explaining that my liscens would be suspensed if I failed to pay a fine. The fine was assoicated with failure to return a motor cycle plate in approprate time. (I was one month over-due). I never received this letter and the first time I saw it was that day in the DMV. I preceeded to pay my fines and get my drivers license reinstated. I now have court in a week and have reviewed the law regarding Driving under suspensed license. From my understanding, the police, or DMV was required to notify me of the suspension of the license. Do I have a defense if I never received the letter the DMV says they sent out? The DMV also could only produce one letter stating that I would have my liscense suspensed for failure to pay, they never sent out another letter stating that infact my license was suspensed.
In addition, the week prior the the speeding ticket, I was issued a seat belt ticket and the officer never notified me of such as suspension.
All help is appreciated.