In response to questions about sex offenses:
Yes. If you are charged with an offense of this nature your life will be forever changed. An offense like this is probably one of the most mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging. Even if you're not convicted, just being accused of rape can destroy you and your family's life.
Yes. Fighting a rape case is expensive and time consuming. It often involves eye witness testimony, medical evidence, forensic evidence, and experts. You can expect a case like this to start at around 15-20K in legal fees, and another 15-20K in expert fees if necessary.
Keep in mind, with a charge like this, your life is on the line. And you won't be needing your car, your house, or anything else you own if you're found guilty, so you better do whatever you have to do to hire a good lawyer. Jury's in Harris and surrounding counties routinely give out near life sentances for these types of offenses, and although you may be eligible for parole at some point, don't plan on getting your parole approved on your first/second/third/fourth/fifth time around.
This is a first degree felony of the most dangerous sort.
Thank you for your submissions, and keep them comming,
J. Julio Vela
713 890 2555