Types of Sexual Assault Charges
Even in the case of a shorter prison sentence, a felony sex crime conviction goes on your permanent record and could make it virtually impossible to find future housing, employment, loans, etc. To protect your future quality of life and prove your innocence, the best legal recourse is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Actions that lead to charges for rape in Maryland include engaging in vaginal intercourse with another individual by force or intimidation without the other individual’s consent. First degree rape may also be charged for other types of sexual contact if a weapon is involved or there is serious physical injury to the victim. First degree rape carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Second degree rape carries a maximum penalty of up to twenty years, or life imprisonment if the victim was under the age of 14 and the defendant is at least four years older than the victim.
Sexual offense charges in Maryland include either third or fourth degree sexual offenses. They are defined as non-consensual sexual contact/sexual acts with a person under the age of 16, or someone who is physically helpless or substantially cognitively impaired. Third degree sexual assault carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Fourth degree sexual assault carries a maximum penalty of one year of incarceration and includes any unwanted sexual contact or sexual abuse of a student by a person in a position of authority.
Sex Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sex crime in the state of Maryland, you may be forced to register on the Maryland State Sex offender Registry. If you have a sexual assault case in Upper Marlboro, Bowie, La Plata, or anywhere else in Southern Maryland, please contact us.
Contact A Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been charged with sexual assault in the state of Maryland, it is imperative that you contact a Maryland criminal defense lawyer immediately. An attorney can help you make important decisions that may impact you and your loved ones for the rest of your life. If you do not have an attorney advising you about what to say, who you have to answer to, and what you should do, you run the risk of answering a question in a way that could incriminate yourself. Our attorneys are experienced criminal practitioners who can guide you through the trial and sex offender registry process.
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