Thank you. Yes, as a first offender, for a DUI, even with a refusal, the State should offer a reasonable plea deal, to resolve this. Often times, they will impose the minimums, unless there are mitigating factors. There should be no reason that they seek jail and they would impose a fine, court costs, probation, community service and classes. Now, as far as your attorney goes, they should have made a demand for discovery and reviewed all the evidence which the State has and will use against you at trial. They could then determine if you have any legal defenses to raise and if not, try and work out a plea deal. Even though the Judge is a bully, a plea deal could be worked out with the State Attorney, to avoid trial. Normally, if the State is not cooperating, a Defendant can plea open to the court and ask the Judge to get involved but in this case, if the Judge is a bully, it would need to be questioned if that is a good idea. If the state is seeking the max sentence, which involves jail, there may be no choice but to go to trial, since jail will be imposed either way. However, if the fine is high but you can avoid jail and just get probation, it may be in your best interest IF there are no defenses to raise.