A: There are several statutes in NY under which a summons is issued to a driver like you who didn't know his license was suspended. The violation can be a criminal offense (misdemeanor or felony) or a traffic infraction. If your is a traffic violation, you may not need a lawyer, and you may be able to get the charge dismissed or reduced to a next-t-nothing offense with a fine only by producing evidence that you have been restored, etc. If you have been hit with a criminal offense then you will want to consult with an attorney who has the sense of the local personality of the township where your case is pending.
A: The answer is YES. Many local courts hold court sessions only few times a month and they were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to their serious case backlog. Depending on the original speed alleged and the policy/personality of the town/prosecutor/judge, you may be able to negotiate a plea for a non-moving violation (assuming that this is not a TVB matter). You should consult with a local attorney.
A: You should speak with a local attorney to fight or resolve this matter. Assuming that this is not a NYC case, each township has a different personality when it comes to prosecution if traffic matters. You may be able to get the original violation reduced to a non-moving violation with a fine only. If not, you (your lawyer) may be able to argue for dismissal based on certain legal technicalities or go to trial. In any event, you may want to consult with a traffic attorney.