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I think it is always a good idea if you can afford one. You do not want to get jail time for something due to a procedural mistake or something like that. Also, the lawyer can help get the charge expunged from your record.
Jail time of up to six months and/or a fine of up to $500
I believe so. You would contact the prosecutor.
You can ask for a court-appointed one.
Or find a pro bono lawyer service in your area. The Louisiana State Bar may offer such services.
You will enter your plea. If you plead not guilty then there would be a trial probably.
I would hope so but judges and prosecutors are all different and some are understanding while others have zero tolerance so that is hard to predict.