I desparetely need advice. I am charged w/ 3 counts of forged checks (had 3 checks w/ me - 1 of them was bad due to typo). I was doing a favor for a relative who doesnt live in US. Had no idea these checks were fraud. I went to the bank and asked them to valid these and they told me thhat they are valid. So when I asked them to cash 1 of them ($2900) and they found out it was fraudulent and police arrested me.
The current situation is, the prosecutor offered me 4 yrs of jail time (I am a parmanent resident not US citizen). My lawyer told me that I have 2 choices now. Either plea guilty to the judge and as a first offence (never broke a law, not even got a speeding tk in 9 yrs living here), judge will give u a probation not jail time (he's saying this from his 13 yrs of exp) or say not guilty and go for trial. But the case that police created against me - he thinks it will be better for me to take plea against the judge and not go for trial.
Now I need advice from you all - is my lawyer telling me the right thing? What shud I do? If I plea guilty in front of the judge and he gives me probation, that's ok but because of felony charge I will be deported from this country as green card cannot have a felony charge. Please tell me your advice. And thanks for reading it.