Passing a school bus results in 6 points on your driving history. There aren't many other offenses with that many points. You could suffer a license suspension, depending on your points status. If you don't need to drive, and it doesn't matter to you if your license is suspended, then go ahead and handle this on your own. Otherwise, you would be spending your money wisely on an attorney who is very familiar with that court.
Your lawyer will know how to use your independent blood test to your advantage in discrediting the breath test, regardless of how much alcohol you admitted drinking. You need a lawyer to win your case.
Very rarely, there is a bond on a probation warrant. More likely, once you turn yourself in, you'll be held until you can see the judge. It may be a day or weeks; you didn't say what county or city is involved, so I can't be more specific. You need an attorney to represent you at the probation hearing, or you may suffer a revocation of any remaining probation, which means you sit in jail until your sentence is over.
You really need a lawyer. I'm not even sure why you're mentioning a DA, since most of the time DUIs are in State Court with Solicitors-General. I see no mention of DUI Court, which is where most, if not all, not-the-first-ever DUIs end up in Forsyth County. Your deal sounds reasonable, but I see a judge imposing a lot more.
You need to go to court with an attorney. Depending upon the value of the thing you've taken, you may be charged with felony. Even if this is a misdemeanor, the question isn't so much are you sorry and are you guilty as much as it is "can the government prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt." You need to avoid a conviction, and there may be an alternative to pleading guilty, even if you are guilty. This may cause life-long problems for you if you don't watch out.
GA law requires you to have your license on your person when you drive. It carries a fine of $20 or so. The only concern I would have with you keeping a copy of it in your car for those times when you forget your wallet is identity theft. Don't make a copy of it; better to remember NOT to leave your wallet at home. As long as you remember your DOB and name, an officer can look it up.
Are you sure the DUI is the only thing showing up on your record? Get a copy of your record and make sure. You can ask one of the places that has turned you down for their copy or request one from www.felonsearch.ga.gov for around $15. You could also try getting your conviction pardoned. More info on my blog below.
The courts sent this email out on Friday before the snow even started. Hope this helps:
The inclement weather policy of the Gwinnett County courts will directly mirror that of the Gwinnett County schools. This policy is for the general public to include jurors, litigants and attorneys.
* If the schools are closed for students then all trials and hearings will be cancelled.
* If the schools are delayed for students the courts will resume operation at 10:00 a.m.
A Magistrate Court...
Unless there's something unusual with your bond arrangement, you can travel. Hopefully, you've already hired an attorney who can confirm this information. Your bond assures the court that you will be at every proceeding; the court can't keep track of where you go until your court date.