A case can always be worked out before trial. Most attorneys will plead their clients not guilty at arraignment to give time to investigate the case and determine if the case will be worked out or whether the case is going to trial.
You need to hire an attorney to contact the court, file an entry of appearance, and get the warrant set aside to get you a new court date. The Cobb County courts respond fairly well to those request. If I can be of help please call me at 404-217-6978
It will be your first DUI, but your prior charge will affect how the prosecutor and court treat your case. A prior reduction to reckless driving on a DUI will cause the prosecutor to look more harshly at you this time around. I would certainly recommend hiring an attorney in preparation for court. If you have any other questions, feel free to give me a call.
No. The charges cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor. But, once the case is closed under first offender the arrest and conviction will be sealed and she will be adjudicated "not guilty" of the offense. In situations like this charges are treated the same -- felony or misdemeanor.
If your first case was dropped to a reckless, you shouldn't have an issue getting a permit if the administrative suspension is taking care of properly. Hire an attorney and make sure the case is handled appropriately. When is your court date?
For any misdemeanor, especially a theft case, I would recommend getting an attorney. Theft charges have a nasty habit of affecting employment down the road. You need to make sure the case is handled properly.