Originally Posted by Alex@Alpine
I see exactly where you are coming from, other then DUI's in California being costly, they go very easy on DUI drivers, I know someone who got two DUI's and still has a SR22, which allows him to drive to and from work, all he does is carry a brief case with paperwork and acts as he is always working and his fine.
Battery charges on the other hand, will effect your record forever, they do background checks on loans even these days, and that would just suck!
You should still sue her for all the damages you and your car sustained in the Civil Court. I know in CA you cannot sue for diminished value of your car, but you can make her pay for the physical and psychological damages that she caused you. Basically, she tried to kill you by backing her car into you. She deserves no mercy.