My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: NY
Hi all. First post, just hoping for a little advice.
I was written a citation by a rookie cop on August 24th for speeding. I honestly do not know what my exact speed was, as I had just moved from a 55 MPH to a 30 MPH zone, and don't know where the officer was sitting. I do however know that I was slowing down, and in the thousands of times I've driven this section of road into town, I never had a problem here before, even during broad daylight with officers sitting in plain view.
After admitting to the officer that I wasn't sure why I was being pulled over, he told me I was doing 48 in 30, and asked for my license.
As he handed me the ticket, he told me that 'all the roads in the village are 30MPH'.
Well, first of all, I've lived in the area for 25 years, second of all, they aren't all 30MPH zones... but this isn't the point.
I received a letter in early March stating that if the court didn't hear from me by the 31st, they would suspend my license. This came as a surprise to me, because I had asked an officer friend to help me out, he said he would, and I never heard anything back from him stating otherwise.
I sent in a letter to the court on the 29th of March. This, as far as I know, was more than on time, seeing as I had until the end of the month. In addition to my plea of 'not guilty', I made a formal request for information from the officer through the court for things such as: radar calibration and licensing documentation, as well as how many other tickets the officer wrote prior to, and after my citation, and a copy of a supporting deposition from the officer. (Our small county of about 8,000 people has a population spike from mid June through the end of August of up to 175,000 people from NYC... I was curious to see how many tickets the officer wrote that night)
Yesterday, I got a letter in the mail from the court, stating that my license had been suspended temporarily, and if I wanted the temp. suspension lifted, I had to pay $70 in order to do so, and only then would I get a court date.
So finally, to my question: How can they do this? My response was received in time by the court to avoid suspension. None of the information that I requested was given to me. I don't even get the opportunity to see a judge and my accuser until I pay to have the suspension temporarily lifted.
I plan on writing another letter to the court, again requesting (more) details from the officer. How can I defend myself against the accusation if the court and officer are unwilling to respond to my request for documentation?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks