You absolutely need to hire an attorney as there could be immigration consequences based on this being a crime of moral turpitude. Find a qualified and experienced criminal attorney to help you through it.
You need to hire a criminal defense attorney ASAP. If you cannot afford one, apply for a public defender at the next court date. This appears to be a crime of moral turpitude that can have serious consequences on your legal status here. You need an immigration lawyer also to advise you ASAP.
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You should contact an Immigration attorney BEFORE you do anything. If they give the go-ahead, you absolutely qualify for the Prosecutor's Pre-trial Diversion Program. This would prevent you from having a criminal record and you would not need a criminal defense attorney but DO NOTHING until you consult an immigration attorney ASAP.
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I agree with everyone's answer so far. You need a qualified and experienced criminal attorney who also understands immigration law. I would also recommend contacting an immigration attorney. Especially if you desire to maintain your residency status or hope to apply for citizenship. Even a small crime of this nature could have serious implications on your current and future status.
YES. You need a lawyer who knows immigration law in addition to criminal defense or you need one of each. Your case can affect your status, future travel and re-entry and citizenship in the future if you pursue that.