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I am sorry to hear that you are going through such a difficult situation.
A good place to start in getting this case handle is by contacting The New York State Bar Lawyer Referral Service by calling 1(NNN) NNN-NNNN They will set you up with a local criminal
defense attorney that will speak to you about your case for at least a half hour for no more than $35. If you then chose to hire that attorney, you can then discuss payment plans, costs, etc.
Hopefully, since this is your first offense you can get it reduced to a lesser crime. That typically works like this...the prosecutor will offer to reduce the charge in exchange for you (1) paying a fine; (2) doing community service; (3) and/or successfully completing a probation period.
Some jurisdictions do not offer this automatically, and therefore you may have to first enter a plea of NOT GUILTY to get the prosecutor to offer some type of program like this.
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