Visit with a personal injury attorney quickly. In my state, the window of time to give notice of suit to a political sub-division is very small. If your state is the same, you do not want to delay. Get some help.
Yes. In most cases, Public Defenders are the lawyers who are in court everyday. They are typically the ones who are most often taking cases to trial. I will submit that the lawyers in the Colorado Public Defender's Office are among the very best criminal defense lawyers in the nation. It is a statewide system with very rigorous standards. Every PD in Colorado must attend "boot camp" and continuing training and education. Becoming a PD in Colorado is something you aspire to as an attorney....
It all comes down to time. That is all we as lawyers have to sell. Think of it this way. Are the couples who have 12 children worse parents then couples who have 1 or 2 children? If you want more time and attention devoted to your case, you pay a premium for that.
Speaking with the police never helps and always hurts your case. If the police are going to arrest you, you cannot talk your way out of it. You have made an admission. As stated above, you should get an attorney quickly. If you cannot afford an attorney, after you are charged, the court will ask you questions regarding your finances to determine if you qualify for a Public Defenderor other appointed counsel.
My guess is that you did not answer the discovery (Requests for Admissions etc) that the other side sent to you after the Answer was filed. Nebraska allows discovery in County Court lawsuits. I will just bet that among the requests for admissions, there was one that said essentially, admit or deny that you owe the money. If you failed to deny, the other side can ask the Court to deem them admitted, I will guess that is the basis of the Motion for SJ. Your online help probably didn't know...
If you have 2 pending cases and have just picked up a third, then certainly you have an attorney assisting you already. I would ask your question to him or her as there is no way those of us here and give you the assurance you seek with the very limited information regarding all of your cases. Presumably the Judge in your domestic case is different from the Judge in your DUI cases, and that enters another wrinkle for attorneys here to answer.
Your father should certainly speak to a lawyer. To answer your bigger question, it is tough to say if he will do jail time that day, or at all, because I don't know if your county has in home detention or not. There is also certain considerations dealing with DMV such as getting an interlock device. Also of interest, the law in Nebraska is about to change next month. Your father really should see an attorney.