I am curious as to your motivation as to why you want this particular person locked up, but it seems to me there is no evidence you have the person was operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. You say you have very little doubt, but proving it in court is another story unless you actually saw him drinking and getting behind the wheel. If you are so bent on informing on your acquaintance, give the probation department a call and ask to speak to the Officer of the Day and describe...
If you question is whether not paying the civil demand will count as a misdemeanor, the answer is no. You were not ordered by a court to pay anything, that was just an offer to civilly compromise the case. They likely cannot even prove you ever received the demand. That will not be your major concern.
Your question does not say whether you were prosecuted criminally for the shoplifting and whether you either pled guilty or were found guilty. If you were found guilty of a misdemeanor...
I agree with both attorneys. If you and your son are not happy with the representation, the Judge will usually give you time to seek out your own lawyer. Many times however the DA will make an offer on the day of trial.
I think the two previous attorneys hit the nail on the head. If you have a good attorney, trust him/her to do their jobs. I don't understand why you are second-guessing them already. Perhaps you should give them the benefit of the doubt until you see reasons to feel otherwise. There are just too many variables at stake for anyone on AVVO to tell you what is going to happen in your case without knowing all the facts and your personal situation.
I suggest you review The AVVO profiles and have a personal consultation with as many as it takes to find the lawyer right for you. The prosecution usually has an advantage second time around as now they know your defense. It really comes down to your personal decision and since you have some time, I suggest you do your homework as it sounds like you may have a winnable case.
This person needs to get himself in to see a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible to discuss the case and possible defenses. The kind of answer you are seeking can not be given on a public website. Any of the defense attorneys listed on AVVO will be able to answer his questions.
The sentence you received is in line with what many Judges offer on a 2nd time DUI. It is hard to imagine that the public defender didn't go over the amount of jail time, or that the Judge didn't advise you of this requirement at the time he took your plea of guilty. Especially when you signed a form saying you understood that was to be your sentence. In any event if you wish to challenge the plea or make a motion to withdraw it, that is your right. You will probably want to hire a lawyer...
I agree with Mr. Zarabi. If you turn yourself into court letting the Judge know you just found out about it, chances are he may release you OR. It may be a good idea to talk to one of the lawyers on Avvo about your case as you may still have to deal with the underlying charge. Remember anything you say in Court can be used against you, so it is always a good idea to have a lawyer speaking on your behalf. Feel free to call anyone of us to consult about your case.
I agree with Mr. Dane's comments. You will need to come up with a reason for the Judge as to why you haven't done anything on your case, but if you are sincere, he will probably give you another chance to fulfill your obligation. This isn't going to go away, so you may as well deal with it now or it is liable to rear its head again at a very inopportune time.