Jumping on the bandwagon with my colleagues here -- don't despair just yet. Consult with an attorney. It's worth the money. Some may even take a payment plan. The public defender will also defend you for free if you qualify. There are a number of defenses and strategies that can be used in a case like yours to minimize the impact of this mistake on your life. I've personally handled cases like this in LA where the charges went away completely after negotiation with the prosecution. Your...