I'm very sorry to hear about your situation.
If the citation was for driving with a suspended license, often times the judge will allow you a continuance -- in which time you can fix the underlying issue, reinstate your license, and show the judge the matter has been corrected.
The judge will often times then dismiss the charge against you for driving with a suspended license.
In order to get this done, you'll need to contact the DMV to find out what was the reason for the license suspension. Perhaps it was an unpaid ticket you may have forgotten about.
You can contact your local Madison AL DMV at this number during regular business hours:
Once you find out the cause of the suspension, you should be able to get all fines and fees paid online and have your license reinstated -- you can then present the DMV clearance letter to the judge.
You'll find these links useful:
My recommendation would be to have a local defense attorney represent you in this process. One will be needed to help make sure your car is returned from impound to you, and that everything runs smoothly and fairly in your case.
If you cannot afford one, the court will provide you with a Public Defender at your first scheduled court date. They would be qualifies to help you with everything I mentioned above.
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