It's difficult to predict the outcome of a DUI case without first reviewing the DA's "discovery" documents (Police reports, etc.) and discussing the case with the client. The DA typically will offer a DWAI plea, but this varies depending upon all the facts and circumstances. Probation, alcohol class, community service, fines, and court costs are all likely sentences with a DWAI plea. However, there are defenses available which an experienced attorney will discuss with you. You should definitely...
I agree with Mr. Leroi; The first ticket would likely result in just a small fine, but the second is far more serious. Blaming it on your "buddy" won't work...Instead of taking care of business, you tried to "get over" with this deceit. I would be surprised if they reduced the second ticket at all; At best, they will likely offer you a plea to the charge with a large fine. I suggest you retain counsel on this one.
Sounds like an appropriate case for modification of the probation terms; Definitely look at the link provided by my learned colleague above..it summarizes the law in this area. If you have no means of paying the full amount, it would make no sense for the Judge to resentence you for a VOP, as then the victim would be getting no restitution whatsoever. This is a very serious matter, and I suggest getting an attorney to represent you.
The question is not whether you can sue...of course you can...the real question is whether you have sufficient evidence to prevail. If indeed you have evidence that you became ill due to food poisoning as a result of consuming food at Denny's, you may indeed have a good case.
I suggest you consult with competent counsel and discuss your evidence and options.
It seems highly unlikely that a single parking ticket could possibly result in a $1,300 penalty! More than likely, there are a number of outstanding parking tickets. Has a judgment been entered against you for $1,300, or is the matter still open? If it is open, the agency involved is likely to negotiate a settlement with you, since it is almost 20 years old and they would probably want to "clear" their records os old cases. Also, it is common that a payment schedule could be worked out, given...
The payment arrangement would be up to the attorney, but many private attorneys refuse to operate this way because once they have "entered" the case and devoted time to it, they don't want to chase after the client for payment. Therefore, most lawyers do require a "retainer fee" which is held in a special attorney's account and depleted as the fee is actually earned, based on time spent on the case. The Public Defender's Office is another option. Good Luck!
I would urge the defendant to retain an attorney to handle this matter; Driving while under restraint (i.e., a prior suspension) is a serious matter which could result in a jail sentence. An experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a non-jail disposition, depending on the County of occurrence.
I agree that stores do not generally pursue these civil remedies; They hope you will just pay it, and if you don't they don't bother wit it (unless perhaps there is a large amount of money at stake) because the cost of litigation far exceeds the expected returns.