Maryland Rape Defense Lawyer
At its simplest definition, rape is forcible sexual intercourse with an unwilling victim. However, certain variables can affect the specific crime with which one is charged.
- First Degree Rape.
- Second Degree Rape.
- Statutory Rape.
- Date Rape or Acquaintance Rape.
- Child Rape.
Essentially, though there are different “types” of rape, Maryland rape is charged as either first degree rape or second degree rape. For example, “date rape” is not a legal charge; rather, the nonconsensual sexual intercourse would be charged as either first degree rape or second degree rape, dependant on the circumstances of the crime. Statutory rape is generally charged as second degree rape, unless the victim is under age 13 and the perpetrator is aged 18 or over; in this case, the crime is child rape and is charged as first degree rape.
A rape conviction carries harsh and long-lasting legal consequences. With prison sentences that may include life in prison without parole and mandatory sex offender registration required for a minimum of ten years and possibly for a lifetime, conviction of a sex crime truly haunts the accused for the rest of his or her life. Do not speak with investigators, police, or child protective services agents without the presence and advice of your attorney.
Even things that you think may mitigate the circumstances can make your case more difficult to defend and can demonstrate guilt. For example, statutory rape is a strict liability offense. Saying that you thought the victim was legally able to consent does not remove your culpability—instead, it is giving the police a confession and the prosecution the tools to convict. Protect your silence and contact a Maryland rape lawyer who can best advise you on how to proceed.
Maryland Rape Defense
If you have been accused of rape, Maryland defense attorney Mirriam Z. Seddiq has the experience and skill to handle your case for the best possible outcome. She will carefully examine all aspects of your case, from the character of the accuser to the evidence (or lack thereof) provided by the prosecution. As a skilled Maryland rape attorney, Seddiq will analyze the details of the alleged incident and the charge against you, determining the best defense options before proceeding. Whether negotiating a plea to a lesser charge or aggressively pursuing acquittal at trial, she will handle your felony rape case with a commitment to providing the best possible result. Call today to schedule an initial evaluation of your case by Mirriam.