Talk in person with an employment attorney. They are going to want to know if you had a written or oral contract. If you are part of a union. How others are treated in your position. Are other people being laid off and what are they getting, etc.
Good luck with your situation.
Here are the steps in our local court (Salinas):
First Appearance (arraignment) - assuming you are not on probation for another case:
Plead guilty (I recommend against), Plead not-guilty and represent yourself, request a public defender (depending on your income level) and they will plead not guilty for you, hire an attorney before your court date and they will go so you don't have to or request a continuance to hire an attorney.
Locally, it's very important to know who the judge is...
As a general rule - no - assuming many, many factors. Where you stip, age of customer(s), do you need a business license in your area, etc. You'll have a difficult time getting your answer here with such an open ended question. If this is going to be a real business, then you should probably seek the advice of a local attorney in your geographic area to protect yourself - consider it an investment.
As to business license, really depends on 1) where you are planning on having the physical practice (I've put past clients onto county "islands" in cities before to avoid high license fees.
2) Not sure what you mean by provide medical practice startups - but if you mean advice on how to start - yes.
Finally if you are going to hire a medical practice startup consultant...make sure they are going to help you on several levels - especially including the following areas: best way to hire...
My advice, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Call the DA's off, be proactive - call once a week until they decide or decline to file.
If he gets an extension look at it as a so what situation. The judge usually continues the TRO so the restraining order is still in place until the hearing, so you still get what you want. Also, FYI, usually the professional process servers do a better faster job of serving - also keep an extra copy on you that can be served by anyone 18 or over that isn't...
It depends on the type of case/complaint served with the summons. The main type o response is to file an "answer", but there are many types of "answers" - judicial counsel answers, verified, non-verified - sometimes you may want to file a motion instead of an answer.
What type of case is it - just a credit card company suing for a debt owed? An ex-partner suing for fraud, spouse suing for divorce? consider putting a little more information out there and you might be able to get more...
FYI - To Start You Are Looking at 2 Cases...The Criminal Case and the DMV Case
As to the Criminal case - yes, you have some good defenses and there is a chance they may file just as an infraction - if this happens, there are some great techniques you can use (we do it all the time on under 21 cases) - the key if an infraction is to get it not dismissed, but actually win a court trial on it (long story). If they file as a misdemeanor then you have an even better chance of getting somewhere...
Besides the standard answers of "hiring an experienced DUI attorney", which I totally agree with - here are some specifics (from the few facts we have).
Make sure they are going to attempt to get any MVARs from the police (basically the videos of the stop if the police car have video) - we're getting more and better results for our clients with these videos showing that the officers were either "exaggerating" or remembering "with prejudice" (aka lying).
If there is a video of the driving and...
QUICK AND IMPORTANT:
Here is the deal - and I'm very disappointed that no one has mentioned this yet - they gave you two tickets for the same set of facts - they are NOT allowed to do this (think of it as a form of double jeopardy) and if you ack correctly, quickly, and aggressively, you may be able to get the DUI dropped without an actual trial! You are required to do a lot of things right now to do this (notify the prosecutor's office correctly, etc).
The possession is a dumb case (fine...
I agree with attorney Koslyn's answer and would add that you might want to look at the original court file and make sure the amount is right. Normally it's 10% interest plus fees and costs.