OK. So first things first. You obviously recognize how serious this is. For charges this serious and an extensive criminal history (that's heavy on DUIs), there are a lot of issues to sort through -- both legal andaddiction/psychological issues. No competent lawyer can give you a comprehensive case plan without investigating the allegations in this case, the priors and this pwrson's social history.
Bottom line advice: Call an attorney immediately.
Agree. The prosecutor and judge will neither notice nor care whether you are there or not. Believe me, there's about 10,000 better things to do with your morning than show up to an LA County misdemeanor courtroom as a defendant (unless you like the smell of sweat and industrial floor cleaner).
Under a law passed by Califirbia voters in 2012, nobody can be "struck out" (25 to life) on felony drug possession charges. The only third strike offenses that trigger 25 to life are serious or violent offenses as defined by the California Penal Code. Neither possession of heroin (H&S 11350) or possession of meth (H&S 11377) are serious or violent felonies.
Call a lawyer immediately to discuss details of the case.. Are these all residential burglaries? if so, these are strikes...making this already difficult goal even more difficult. Do NOT post details here. Call a lawyer to discuss privately.
Go to court with a lawyer and have him/her explain the situation. If you just stop showing up to the DUI class, the court will be notified and your probation will be violated.
I suggest you find an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Sacramento who is familiar with the local courthouse and the judge. Local knowledge is everything in these types of situations.
Unfortunately, both state and federal courts have held that CDC can send inmates out of state to complete their sentences. This is due to overcrowding in California prisons. I'm not saying it is fair, I'm not saying it is appropriate, but it is the law. In addition to the link provided above. You may also want to contact the Prison Law Office, they may have some ideas.
In the circumstances you describe, your passport wouod be denied only if law enforcement requested that the Sate Department refuse to grant you a passport thorugh a procedure outlined in the Code of aFederal Regulations. Unlikely in a misdmeanor case. However, if a condition of your bail is that you don't leave the country, then you need to get permission from the court to travel. Yourattorney can draft the apporpiate order for you. Don't go anywhere until you talk to your lawyer.
Above answers are solid, here's one thing I will add that's just as important. Find an attirbey who is not only an experienced DUI lawyer but is also a regular in the courthouse in which your case was filed. If this is at Harbor court , lots of great DUI lawyers in that down there who can help you. Find on Avvo or call me for a referral.
The DA's office may file a written response in which they oppose the motion to withdraw the plea, the defense is certainly allowed to write a response to the DA's opppsition, but that's a strategy call to be made by your lawyer. You're not attempting to withdraw your plea without a lawyer, are you?