The State of Maryland (plaintiff) previously suspended William Rice’s (defendant) driver’s license for refusing to take a breathalyzer test. After the suspension was lifted, Rice was found guilty of a DUI. The state then mailed a certified letter to Rice’s informing him that his driver’s license would again be suspended if he did not request a hearing. Rice did not respond to the certified letter. A year later, a police officer observed Rice drive his car and commit multiple moving violations. The State of Maryland (plaintiff) charged Rice with driving with a suspended license. Rice testified that he did not know his driver’s license was suspended and that his wife did not tell him about a certified letter. Rice was convicted on all charges and he appealed.