My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: Washington.
I was pulled over on my scooter (I am legally endorsed, required in state of WA) for expired tabs, but I had them in the trunk of my scooter so I put them on and the officer did not cite me for that. However, I had very unluckily forgotten my driver's license (wallet) at home in my car that day, so he cited me in violation of SMC 11.20.010 (http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/np...e1.htm&r=1&f=G).
In my reading of the code, the law pertains to issuance of the license (mine was issued in August 2011), not possession. However, our State Revised Code, RCW (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.20.015), does mention possesion.
I was wondering which law is pertinent in this situation, or do both apply? Since the officer only cited me in violation of SMC, can I argue not committed on the grounds of the SMC only?
I'd like to make my case via letter (I have that option), so I'd like to be thorough in my understanding of the law.
Also, I think I can make my case without bringing up why I was pulled over in the first place. Is that a good idea? Or will the judge be wondering about that and see it as hiding something?