A: It is possible (but unlikely) that an attorney will offer pro bono representation in the sort of case you're describing. You are always free to call around and ask, but bear in mind that you are essentially asking someone to pay to work for you. Time that lawyers spend working pro bono is time that they spend accumulating expenses that aren't being paid for by a client. Gotta pay the internet bill and the Westlaw bill (etc.) whether or not the client pays for the time the lawyer spends using those services.
The defendant in the case you're describing can apply for an attorney at public expense if he can't afford to hire a lawyer. Here is a link to a financial affidavit he can fill out and submit to the court in support of his request:
If the defendant is indigent, the Court will appoint the public defender's office to represent him. If the public defender's office has a conflict or is too busy, he may instead be appointed either a lawyer with the juvenile public defender's office or a private attorney who contracts with the State Public Defender's Office.
A: If you attempted suicide and *succeeded,* you would be dead. Can't really get in trouble if you're dead, right?
That you're asking this question therefore suggests that you're considering "attempting" suicide *without* succeeding. (I'd call that more of a "gesture" than an "attempt," really.) Rather than asking whether you'll get in trouble for that, consider reflecting on (1) why you would do something like that (are you looking for attention? Be honest with yourself...) and (2) will that hurt your unborn child?
I think the answer to (2) is clearly "possibly," depending on what sort of "attempt" or gesture you're contemplating. That's not really fair, is it? To hurt your baby, who has done absolutely *nothing* wrong and who is completely dependent on you at this point for every aspect of her or his wellbeing?
Please seek immediate medical advice if you're considering suicidal acts, suicidal gestures, or acts of self-harm, including temporary commitment if necessary. Do *not* make decisions now that will harm a baby that you're planning on carrying to term. A suicidal gesture that carries risk of harm to your fetus would be shockingly selfish. You can (and should and must) do better than that, no matter what emotional turmoil you're undergoing. Your moral obligations outweigh your subjective emotional experience. There is nothing in the world that could possibly be so upsetting to you that it merits collateral injury to a baby.
And yes, depending on the specific of what you actually do or attempt, you could face prosecution or other consequences for actions you take during pregnancy.
A: If the victim was under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, the State can prosecute for sexual abuse in the first, second, or third degree within 10 years of the person turning 18. See Iowa Code Section 802.2(1).
The victim should report what happened ASAP. Waiting makes evidence stale and witness testimony less reliable.