My question involves criminal law for the state of: Virginia
I got an illegal possession of alcohol charge (4.1-305) a couple of weeks ago in Virginia Beach when I was 17 years old and blew a .03 on the breathalizer. I'm supposed to appear in the juvenile court in September, and I've asked people about whether I should hire a lawyer for this. Some told me that I should pay the 500 dollars to a private attorney because they are more dedicated, some told me that private attorneys are a waste of money and are not worth it when I could get a public defender who would do me the same service, and some told me not to waste time on lawyers at all.
Considering all these opinions, I am wondering if a lawyer would be able to reduce my consequences and help me out at all and if so, which kind I should hire. What do you think?? Thank you!!