if you plead to a misdemeanor
DWI and one DWI was dismissed, then your only option is to try and attack the plea on the grounds that it was not knowing and voluntary. Normally during a plea, you waive any right to appeal
, so you would have to attack the plea itself.
As to a threat of a confession, that is a tactic. If you were represented by a lawyer, the DA or cops even talking to you is a violation and should not happen. Telling you that they had a confession and threatening to use it is a tactic. There is a lot of law surrounding the taking and using of confessions. Just because they threaten something does not mean they can do it.
As far as $2,000.00 in fees for a lawyer, some counties require a defendant to reimburse the county for the expense of an appointed lawyer. It is not common where i practice, but it does happen.
You should be able to go to the county to visit your grandchildren and should be free from any harrassment as long as you are not breaking the law or violating any conditions of probation or bond or parole that you may currently have.
In regards XXXXX XXXXX the cops and the judge and the da regarding mental anguish and whatnot, i do not think you would be successful. There is immunity for a lot of what they do in their official capacity. With the facts as you have given them, i would be surprised if you could recover under a civil suit for damages.