My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I got pulled over the other day in Los Angeles CA and received a DUI. I have a perfect driving record so I was freaking out and I refused both the breathalyzer and chemical test. I really regret it now because the punishment is so much greater. I also have a year old battery charge on my record that I am currently on probation for. I have contacted the DMV for a hearing about my license. I currently am un-employed and I really don't have any money to spend on a lawyer. I am just not sure if a lawyer will be able to change this situation at all. I really regret not taking the testís, I was hoping I could plead my case alone for the fact that I was confused and did not really know the consequence of refusal. I would just like it if the court/DMV would reduce my charge to the same as if I took the test and got a .08 or higher. I really was not drunk when I got pulled over. I knew I had a drink about an hour earlier and I was afraid that it would show up. I believe I passed the field sobriety test with flying colors but I don't think that matters.
So my questions are
Do you only think a lawyer would be able to get this charge reduced, if at all?
Will my battery charge be a problem? (I already finished my court appointed crap and I was just waiting out the two years probation).
Have any of you lawyers ever seen a case like this and what happened?
thanks in advance for your help