Do I have to go to court?
For a misdemeanor DUI that answer is NO. An attorney can appear on your behalf if retained. Don’t assume that if you don’t show up a public defender will substitute in and arraign you. A warrant will be issued for your arrest. Whenever you see a celebrity appear in court for a misdemeanor charge prior to a preliminary hearing, it is most likely a publicity stunt. Don’t be fooled. You can have almost all of this done entirely over the phone with your attorney. You have a job and so do I. Your job is to be discreet and keep working to take care of your family. The world does not need to know about your mistake.