Unfortunately, Experts here at JustAnswer are not allowed to represent customers on their pending cases. It's prohibited by the site's terms of service. So I am unable to take your case.
I can say, however, that yours is not a difficult case to handle, and you should have no problem reaching one of the dispositions that I mentioned above with just about any lawyer. If you are not sure where you can find a criminal
lawyer, you can contact the New York Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service
. They charge around $35 for the referral which includes a half hour free consultation with the lawyer. Just let the lawyer know that you are here on a visa (he will likely figure that out anyway but don't leave it to chance) and that you want to make sure you do nothing to negatively affect your status.
There is almost no possibility of your getting offered only the misdemeanor
and no possibility of jail on a very first non-violent
criminal offense. I say almost because if you don't come to court
on your court date, then a warrant will issue for your arrest and would affect the outcome of your case. But if you are where you should be -- in court -- on the day you must appear, this should be fine.
When you walk into NY's Criminal Court and see how many people are there charged with crimes, you will find out that the judge's #1 consideration is getting a case off of his calendar so he won't have to deal with it again. The City system gets tremendous volume. And, of course, we are also a melting pot and there are people from all backgrounds and nationalities. However the judge and DA may feel about French politics should have no effect on your case.
There will be no chance of losing your visa so long as you don't plead guilty to the misdemeanor.
USCIS stands for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. You will always have to disclose your arrest and the disposition to USCIS when they ask you about your criminal history. Once you do that, it should be fine, since it is not a crime.