I am an attorney in Oceanside that handles these matters regularly. Your 4th Amendment rights are not completely diminished depending on the circumstances of the case. You likely have a viable defense, and need to contact an attorney.
One course of action would be to hire an attorney to write them a formal letter asking that they cease and desist. These are relatively easy to draft, and serve the purpose of putting them on notice that they need to leave you alone. This sets the case up in case they continue these actions.
The police will have some serious trouble enforcing this ticket. Even if the ticket is an infraction, you son should not have to pay for over zealous police officers doing poor police work. Please take this opportunity to punish these police officers for doing sloppy work. Our tax dollars should not be spent on paying police officers to harass law-abiding college students that are not breakign the law. Please call my firm to discuss your options.
Yes, make sure that you are filing seperately so that those debts cannot be imputed to you. There are many ways that you can avoid a judgment. For instance, most creditors that get a judgment will try to enforce it on the days that it is most likley for you to have the most money in your account. So if you make sure that your account does not have money in it from the 11-16th you have a better chance at missing their levy.
Your answer sounds like advice given from a public defender. Often times, their case load is so great that they are more interested in getting a file off their desk rather than evaluating the merits and going to trial. I reccomend you contact another attorney for a second opinion.
It sounds like you voluntarily submitted to the breath test. But their may be an issue of whether the police officer had reason to stop you. Police can stop a person and ask a few questions with a relatively low level of suspicion that a crime has occured. But there must be some articulable reason for stopping you. You could go in and fight this on your own, but I reccomend you speak to an attorney to make sure taht nothing is missed. Most attorneys offer a free consultation.
As the other attorneys say, you have the option of admitting you comitted teh crimes and serving the sentence, or taking the case to trial. If you had an attorney it woudl help you get the DA to discuss a plea because the threat of going and possibly losing will motivate them to discuss a plea. If you're on your own, the DA doesn't ahve a real threat because a trial is too complicated without proper training.