bigdan07:what would I expect to be different from a lawyer to a public defender?
Question makes no sense. All public defenders are lawyers. All PDs have the same magical powers as private attorneys. We just don't have the same amount of free time to chat, hold your hand, shoot the breeze or [charm] you. Private attorneys will do anything you ask them as long as you pay them. Public defenders have to do most of what the client asks, but if we know there is no benefit we'll tell you straight up.
If you can afford to hire private counsel, you aren't eligible for a public defender. If you lie about your finances, you are probably committing perjury.
If you are on probation for MIP and you roll a new charge, you should expect the worst and hope for the best. Anything up to your entire suspended sentence can be imposed. You should not expect your handling judge to be that happy that you are on probation for two counts of that, and continue to drink while underage. And drive.
The PV and the new charge are completely separate. Only someone who practices in that area can tell you what is likely to happen. Penalties can be VERY local. Whitman County has a college - WSU. We called it Wazzu Law. Underage drinking was not a good thing.
bigdan07:I assume chances of getting dropped are greater with a lawyer,
Absoltely incorrect. The prosecutor normally has COMPLETE authortity over dismissals. Private attorneys and PDs can't dismiss cases, or I'd dismiss everything, bounce everybody out of jail, and go boarding.