My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: Arkansas
I was pulled over in March driving a car that belongs to my father. Upon running my DL number, the police officer informed me that it was suspended. I had no knowledge of this, and was only told the county that the suspension came from. I was booked and transported to the county that the suspension originated from. The car, of course, was towed. I was, however, told that if I could get someone to pick up the car within 5 minutes, the cop would let it go. I could not find anyone, so it was impounded.
Nearly $1,000 later, I was released, and the next day, started making some phone calls. Driver Control informed me that it would cost $100 to reinstate my license, but that they would need a release from the court clerk in the county that it was supended by. At this point, I still was not aware of why it was suspended, so I called the court clerk. She told me it was due to a warrant for unpaid tickets, and that the warrant would have to be handled. At this point, I was not only confused, but irate. I called the police station, spoke to a detective, and was told there was no warrant for me. She offered to call the court clerk and get to the bottom of the issue, and call me back. I agreed.
A few minutes later, the detective called me back and said that the court had me confused with someone else with my name. The next day, I traveled 3 hours to that county and was given a release that says: Reason for Release: Error Correction, and written under the clerks signature are the words: License Suspended in Error Per Court. I still had to pay Driver Control, and my license is now back in the good standing it never should have veered from.
Now, the car is still impounded until I pay the massive storage fees plus all the other fees they charge ($150 to open the gate, $50 for gas to travel 2 miles?!). The thing is, though, I feel that I shouldn't be liable for them. I've spent a small fortune on this whole issue, and due to no car, I haven't been able to work. I'm only 22 years old, and pretty much live paycheck-to-paycheck. My parents are unable to assist me financially, so unless I can convince them to release the car, I will lose it. This would be bad enough, but it belongs to my father. Even though no direct payments are made on it, it's tied up in a consolidated loan package at his bank, who calls him every day basically threatening to sue him. I pled not guilty to the charge of Driving on a Supsended or Revoked License, but my trial is not until May 19th.
How do I proceed? Any help would be incredible!