I don't know that there are actual numbers available to answer your question accurately.
Some attorneys handle both the criminal aspects as well as the administrative, some have a separate attorney handle the administrative aspects, and some, like the public defender's office, do not address the administrative type matters.
You need to speak with each individual criminal defense office that you are considering and inquire specifically if they also handle administrative and licensing...
I would have to agree that your first priority would be clearing your warrant. New counsel can go in and have it recalled without you being present.
As to getting back your retainer, getting papers from the State Bar and filing a complaint, coupled with contacting the local bar in your area and requesting fee arbitration. Both processes are set up to be handled on your own without the need for representation.
I generally advise my clients to ignore the civil demand notice. It will have no effect on any criminal case and my result in you being placed on a register of individuals who may enter certain commercial establishments.
As to your question regarding re-entry via tourist visa, you need to address that question to an immigration attorney.
Your next two steps would be the Readiness and the Preliminary Examination. I would have guessed that they would have set a readiness hearing after the arraignment but prior to the preliminary examination. But it does not have to be set in that order.
At first glance, a preliminary hearing may resemble a criminal trial in many respects. However, because it's purpose is different, there are a few extremely significant procedural differences between the two. The most notable dissimilarity...
There is nothing in what you have provided that would explain why the video wouldn't help because person who taped it would be tainted witness. Nonetheless, your current attorney would be in the best position to judge that issue.
Sometimes we do not get the information that we really need because we fail to ask the correct question. Therefore, you want to be very careful here and make sure you are asking the right questions that will provide you with a useful and meaningful response. With that in mind, I offer you the following:
First, perhaps your primary question should be whether a knowledgeable and well prepared attorney will generally produce any better outcome in a particular case ? And the answer to that...
DUI cases often raise any number of issues regarding possible defenses. Your posting raises a number of them. You would be well advised to sit down with one or more attorneys to discuss how they would deal with the various issues that are presented in your case.
Your understanding is dangerously incorrect. Just because you completed all of the terms and conditions of probation, does not automatically terminate your obligation to list the conviction. You should not have put "no" on your application, because your conviction is still on your record.
At this point, you need to initiate the process to quickly expunge the conviction so as to advise the school and other potential employers that it is in process of being removed.
I am going to concur in speculating that law enforcement has not yet gotten involved nor that any criminal charges will be filed. I am going to concur also in suggesting a calm discussion with your boyfriend's dad to explain to him that you did not do it.