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Good morning. Yes, it is possible that a plea to this could effect her residency. That is between her and immigration, as the criminal court will not get involved with that. She also needs to be aware that it could subject her to deportation. Now, what you should be aware of is that the success of this case and its prosecution, depends on your cooperate, with the State. If you do not appear at trial or cooperate and they can not proceed, since you are the victim and they would need you to testify, they would have to eventually drop the case. You can certainly explain to them your desire that they not prosecute and proceed but they do have the final say, in regard to doing forward. A no contest plea would simply resolve the case but it would be on her record and could effect her residency.
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You can not represent her and when she appears she can ask to be appointed the public defender. Her counsel will enter a plea of not guilty on her behalf and work on the case. The state may issue a subpoena for your to appear at trial and if you fail to do so it will be at their discretion to try and find you and bring you in
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