My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: AZ
Long story and no excuse anyway but today my son fell asleep in the car and I went in the grocery store for shopping for 20-30 mins but checking on him every 5 minutes how he was doing. Every time he was fast asleep and as the windows were open a little he was getting enough air. Checking out took awhile and my son got up meanwhile and was crying in the car which a lady overheard and called the police. I arrived to the car first and got my son out, we checked temperature and everything and he was fine just a little shocked not finding me at first.
Anyway, I need to go to court but this is my first issue in the States and have no clue what it really means, how it works, what I should do. Also, can it mean they can take my son away from me? Do I need a lawyer? Should I plead guilty or no? What should I say? I didn't intend to do any harm to my son surely and was checking on him quite often but still I shouldn't have done that. I have learned my lesson and will never take fatigue an issue. If he falls asleep, I will just leave the place entirely or take him in with me whether he awakes or not.
Can anyone help me with information, suggestion?
Also, green card application is filed. Would this whole thing interfere with it?