You need to put pen to paper and see exactly how far apart you are in age to gauge your exposure. As Cynthia says, if you are even 1 day over the 3 year mark then you are in trouble. So, if you are going to turn 20 before she turns 17 then I am guessing that you will have some exposure. If she turns 17 before you turn 20 then I believe my math is correct and you are within the 3 year rule.
As Cynthia also stated, when she turns 17 she can have consensual sex with any consenting adult....
Lawyers will charge different amounts for different offenses. Generally, my experience has been that ticket lawyers are very reasonably priced for the services that they offer. In Houston, I refer my friends and clients to Scott Markowitz and Paul Kubosh for their tickets. I would guess that the going rate is probably $100 to $200 depending on your driving history and the type of charges that you face. Remember, on top of the attorney's fee you will be responsible for court costs and fines...
He can expect that the court will likely sentence him to some time. The judge will look at all of his experiences during the time he was on probation and all of the little infractions will add up. He needs to have a lawyer who will highlight the good things that he has done while on probation and try to offer some sort of rehab as an alternative to doing time. However, in a felony DWI circumstance it is more likely than not that the Defendant will do some time on a revocation. I am guessing...
It truly depends on the facts of your case. Typically we prefer our cases to drag out for enough time to line up all of our witnesses and develop our case strategy and evidence. Many times it is a good idea to let a case drag out so that witnesses forget facts and can be impeached with prior statements. This can create reasonable doubt for a jury.
Again, it is all strategy and case specific.
Yes you can be charged with FSGI and it sounds like the state may have all the elements they need to convict you if you made statements similar to your question to law enforcement. Luckily nobody was injured or you would be facing a felony.
While it does sound like this individual is "creepy" I am not sure that any laws have been violated. If you think you are the victim of a crime you should report it to the local authorities and let them investigate. If you believe that you are a victim of a bad business then you should report that to the Better Business Bureau or some other online forum that rates businesses such as his.
The key here is whether or not you have a simple arrest for a 3rd degree felony or whether you have a conviction/DADJ. A conviction or a DADJ cannot be expunged where an arrest can be.
Sit down with a lawyer and see what can be done for you.
Yes the case can be dropped. I have a feeling the police officer's version (right or wrong) will be different from your version. Witness statements are important in these cases and should be obtained quickly before memories fade.
Your attorney is correct. It is mandatory. What the judge could do is allow you to surrender on a Friday and then you would go through the next weekend. That way you could let your job know that you need a week off for personal reasons.
The client has the right to representation of his/her choice. You can hire any attorney that you like who is licensed to practice in Texas. In any criminal case you should hire the best attorney that you can afford whom you feel comfortable with. After all...it is your life.