You may be jumping the gun. The decision to plead guilty is a very important one, so I strongly suggest that you consult an experienced DUI attorney in your area to discuss the various options available.
That said, if you are set on pleading guilty (or no contest) the judge must sentence you to mandatory penalties listed in Florida Statutes 316.193. There is no mandatory jail in your scenario, nor is there any ignition interlock device provision in your case. So, unless there is something...
Mr. Ladan is correct. There are no point calculations for sentencing in misdemeanor cases, such as DUI. However, prosecutors will look at prior criminal history when they make plea offers. In the realm of DUI, however, my 31 years of experience with DUI cases reveals that more weight is placed on prior traffic history (prior DUIs, reckless driving, suspended license, fleeing police, leaving the scene of an accident, prior accidents) than felony priors.
The answer may depend on the type of case, the importance of your testimony, if you have previously been deposed (had your deposition taken) and which side is requiring you to appear. Contact the attorney who is requesting your appearance and see if you can be excused.
If you have been personally served, you must appear or possibly be held in contempt of court. You may want to retain a local attorney to intercede on your behalf.
Many people have a predisposition against trusting lawyers, often without basis in real experience or fact.
The hiring of an attorney (and thus the choice of an attorney) has to be based on mutual trust. I trust my client to be honest with me, stay in contact with me, follow my counsel and pay his fees, and in turn, I want my client to trust that I will do everything I can to help him win his case or minimize his downside consequences.
Some clients are problems from the start....
I agree with Mr. Haber's assessment. It's not uncommon for blood work to take weeks, often months to process. Once the police are notified of the results, they will present their case to to the PB State Attorney's Office for a filing decision.
If they file a misdemeanor DUI charge, you will be sent a Notice to Appear by mail, or be served with a summons to appear in court for an "arraignment". If it's a felony DUI (serious bodily injury), they will issue a warrant for your arrest. A...
Broward County prosecutors are notoriously unforgiving, and are not likely to simply reduce your charges because of the under/over breath results. You may very well have to litigate the issues in your case, and it's not likely that a PD is in your future.
There are many good lawyers in the Ft. Lauderdale area, or some in Miami-Dade who take cases there. AVVO Lawyer Finder will help you search for one, but as Mr. Quirantes correctly points out, you must deal with your driver license issues...
Mouth alcohol detection requires a reset of the testing process and new observation period. You have a defense to the refusal suspension at a minimum. Consult an attorney in your area who has a substantial DUI practice.
Generally, the Public Defender is not appointed unless two things are in place: 1) The State is seeking jail and 2) You qualify financially for the services of the PD.
You haven't told me anything about your case that makes me think its a "jail' case, unless the State Attorney's Office in Taylor County, Fl (3rd Judicial Circuit) has a policy of seeking jail in DUI cases with a breath test result over .15.
Public Defenders are lawyers, too. Though they may be younger, newer lawyers, they...
Normally, I try to offer specific suggestions to each questioner, but your situation is complicated. The best advice I can offer is to contact an experienced lawyer and don't post any further information about your case. Your matters need to stay under the radar until your lawyer can sort out your issues and give you proper guidance.