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Hi, I was pulled over for DWLS and have been charged with a misdemeanor. I did not know my license was suspended for failing to pay a ticket right before coronavirus hit and left me unemployed. Four months passed where the courts were closed and the ticket slipped my mind, and then suddenly, without any notice from the township that the ticket was through, my license was suspended. However, I did not know this as I had not yet received the letter from SOS in the mail. My license was suspended on the 16th of July, and I didn't receive the letter until the 24th of July, possibly due to backups in the mail during that time. The date that the letter was printed said July 15th, with the suspension occuring the very next day. Even without COVID causing huge mail delays in my area during that time, I would not have received notice of the suspension until after the date it was suspended. I was pulled over on the very same day the notice came in the mail, the mail being delivered later than when I was pulled over. Do I have a chance of fighting this with my only proof being that the letter was only printed a day before they suspended my license, making it impossible to reach me before my license was suspended, as well as documented serious delays in mail during that time through USPS?
JA: License regulations vary from place to place, so can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: I am in michigan
JA: Was a citation issued? Was a court date set?
Customer: Yes, I was charged with a misdemeanor driving with license suspended charge. My trial is coming up soon, however the court is denying a court appointed attorney even though I qualify by income guidelines. The judge said it's because everybody wants a court appointed attorney and they can't afford to give everyone a free lawyer. Also, I have no prior traffic violations besides one speeding ticket for 5mph over!
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I believe that's it, thanks!
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