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A.C.A. 12-12-903 does not list solicitation
or patronizing of prostitution
as an offense that requires registration as a sex offender. Thus, if you are found guilty or you get some type of first offender plea deal, you would not have to register as a sex offender. As a green card holder, you would have to notify USCIS, as this is a crime of moral turpitude, but it is also not one that is considered a "significant misdemeanor
or felony" that has a mandatory deportation attached. This is a criminal
offense that has only a "possibility" of deportation at discretion of USCIS and in most of these cases for this type of charge deportation does not occur.
The offense of patronizing/soliciting in Arkansas is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine. It is a minor misdemeanor. The offense does not require an actual exchange of money to be complete, the mere offer of money or a fee in exchange for sex is all that is required by law, meaning that you did not have to have money on you at the time you were arrested, you only had to offer to pay for sex and if they have that in an email from you then you have a tough fight ahead of you to get the case dismissed.
You certainly do need to get your attorney hired and you need to let him know about your immigration status as this has a "potential" effect on that status, but not a mandatory deportation.
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