My question involves criminal law for the state of: CA
A few weeks ago I got pulled over for driving without my headlights on just after midnight - a lawful reason to be pulled over - I took the FST and did ok, but blew a .152 on the breathalyzer. I have come to the conclusion that I do not need to pay a DUI Lawyer a few thousand dollars for defense when all lawyers I spoke with said they had no reason to take this trial. I feel I can negotiate a fair and reasonable sentence on my own. If I get into trouble I will of course then hire a lawyer. My question is, how do I begin communication with the DA? Do I plead innocent first? Do I need to arrange a meeting before the court appearance? Any help would be greatly appreciated.