What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? South Dakota.
About 3 weeks ago, I made a terrible mistake. I was drunk and got into a fight (I don't remember how it started but I think I was tripped) and hit a random couple with my car and drove away.
Here's my case.
What I remember was that there was a group of about 5 that I was fighting by myself and that I was thrown to the ground and punched hard in the face. I may have had a concussion as I saw stars and think I was down for a little bit. I then got up and threatened to hit the person who punched me with my car.
I was unsure who it was but believed the person was wearing a baseball cap. I then walked to my vehicle which was maybe two car spaces away and popped the curve and hit 2 pedestrians that had nothing to do with the incident (I was looking for the baseball cap guy and I think they were kissing and didn't see me... I didn't notice them till it was too late.)
There were no reported injuries from the people that night other than the male reporting a hurt knee which he went to the hospital for a week later (filed a civil suit.)
I drove away because the people I had been fighting ran over to the car and tried to break in. They broke my side mirror, and dented the front and sides of my vehicle (as documented by the police investigator.)
The police picked me up a half hour later walking around without a shirt and some blood injuries on my arm.
I parked about a mile from the incident because I was afraid to go home as I thought that one of my housemates might have been in the fight and would tell them where I lived(he wasn't but I didn't know until I called his roommate the next day after being released from jail.)
I blew a .14 that night.
I had no previous misdemeanor or felony offences and have been charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault and one of hit and run with a class 1 misdemeanor DUI. I’m a graduate student with good grades and tutor some fellow students for free. I’m also a student senator and have good letters of character from professors and the community.
What defense should I take? What steps should I take? What are my chances of getting these charges lessoned to misdemeanor offences?