Last year I received a speeding ticket in NC, which I kept forgetting to pay (I live in PA, was moving to NC and then changed my mind). Eventually, PA suspended my license, which I didn't realize at first. I finally took care of the ticket and NC sent the info to PA for reinstatement. I got a letter last week that said I needed to send in my license and pay the $25 restoration fee, which I did on 8/10. On 8/11 I was pulled over for an obstructed license plate (no numbers were covered, it was a plate that has been on for 5yrs+ from the dealership. This area is known for the cops pulling you over for everything - I know, I used to live in the small town, however, I wasn't thinking straight - coming home from hospital visit w/ my mother - otherwise I would have taken I-95 home. I did ask as soon as he approached the car, since I knew I was driving the speed limit, seatbelt on, no cell phone, etc. I had to tell him that I didn't have my license, so he gave me a ticket and had the car towed. I was going to pay the ticket, but he said that I would lose my license for a year if I did that. He said I could go to court and explain my situation. So, my question is, do I get a lawyer or represent myself? And if I do it myself, what suggestions do you have?