BLUF: I am an Active Duty, Senior Enlisted, member that was facing three separate rape allegations made by my ex-wife. After nearly a year of being under investigation, all charges were dropped, no administrative action was taken, and Command recommended no impact to my security clearance. This was all due to the knowledge, intelligence, and strategy applied to my case by Robert Capovilla and Mickey Williams.
First- If you have been brought in for questioning by CID for any allegation against you (especially sexual assault), STOP everything and obtain legal counsel. DO NOT speak with CID again without legal counsel.
I was brought into CID and they read the allegations that my ex-wife had made against me. They were of no surprise to me, as she had made the same allegations to civil authorities who dismissed them completely within the 30 days. I was confused though. Was I being interviewed or interrogated? Had I been “arrested”? As I was being questioned by the CID agent, I noticed a pattern- he was asking the same questions over and over in different ways. At times, it seemed he/they were “on my side”, and then it became truly clear, that was not the case at all. At that point, I ended the interrogation and informed them that I was going to obtain legal counsel before saying anything else. I never spoke with CID again after obtaining legal counsel.
I quickly hired a local attorney who had reputable reviews. His strategy was simple, “we wait until charges are preferred, and fight them in the court-martial”. This strategy did not sit well with me as I knew I was innocent. The days turned into months; the stress compounded daily. Then one day my wife posed the question, “perhaps we should obtain a new law firm?”. That is when we hired Rob and Mickey- perhaps the most important decision I have ever made in my life.
Rob and Mickey’s firm was not local, so all consultations were done via email, phone conversation, and text. I was worried about how smoothly things might run with no face to face consultation, but throughout the lengthy process, Rob and Mickey never missed a beat. They quickly responded to all forms of communication, whether from myself or my wife.
Like all military members, “hurry up and wait”, never sat well with me. I was at the mercy of the military process, and when it comes to criminal charges- the process is lengthy. Rob and Mickey were able to curb my lack of patience on countless occasions through sound advice. My wife and I had done tons of research as to how the military process works, but we never would have fully understood without the knowledge and expertise of Rob and Mickey. They would make strategical moves when required, and politely shelved my numerous impulsive requests when no action was necessary. I was innocent, and I wanted this behind me. Rob and Mickey had a genuine way of reminding my wife and I that justice would prevail.
Trusting your lawyer(s) is the most important mental decision you will have to make in the process. My wife and I put our trust into Rob and Mickey. Putting your career and life in the hands of another person is extremely difficult, but we put ours into theirs. In the end, justice prevailed and all charges against me were dropped and no administrative action was taken. My wife and I will never be able to thank Rob and Mickey enough for their impeccable advice, knowledge, and perfectly sound representation.