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Maryland Sex Crime Lawyer
Being accused of sexual assault or other sex offense can devastate your family, wreak havoc on your friendships, and destroy your good name. While accusers are often granted anonymity and protected by authorities, the accused is frequently subjected to embarrassment and mistreatment at the hands of investigators. While the rights of the alleged victim are protected, the rights of the accused are often trampled amid allegations of sexual assault. Early intervention and counsel from a qualified Maryland sexual assault lawyer can help ensure your rights are maintained from the initial stages of investigation. By quickly retaining a skilled attorney, you allow your lawyer to fully investigate the charge against you, preserving crucial evidence for your defense.
A sexual assault conviction carries a lifetime of consequences, from lengthy prison sentences to mandatory sex offender registration. While the legal penalties of a sexual assault conviction continue for decades, the personal ramifications may follow you the rest of your life: a permanent record of a felony conviction which can hinder housing and employment, loss of custody of your children, the destruction of personal relationships.
Maryland Sex Offenses
Maryland sex offenses range from sexting or solicitation in which no sexual contact actually occurs to violent, first degree rape.
- First Degree Sexual Offense – rape committed by means of force, threat of force, or use of weapon; rape committed against a child under 13 by an adult 18 or older.
- Second Degree Sexual Offense – sexual assault committed by force or threat of force; statutory rape against someone not legally able to consent (by age or mental incapacity, for example)
- Third Degree Sexual Offense – non-consensual sexual contact accompanied by an aggravating factor such as kidnapping or threat of injury.
- Fourth Degree Sexual Offense – unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact.
The associated legal penalties vary in severity according to the crime. While a fourth degree sex offense is punishable by a maximum of one year in jail, a first degree sex offense is punished by a maximum sentence of life in prison. Because these maximum sentences include one year, 10 years, 20 years, and life, depending on the offense, negotiating a plea to a lesser charge can be a powerful defense strategy, shaving years off of the possible prison sentence.
Sometimes, however, it is better not to plead guilty to any charge, instead fighting aggressively to defend your innocence.
Maryland Sex Crime Defense
Our attorneys are well-qualified to handle the intricacies and complexities of a Maryland sex offense case. If you are questioned about your involvement in a sexual assault, if you have been accused of sexual assault, or if you have been arrested, maintain your right to silence. Do not speak with police or investigators until you have spoken with your Maryland sexual assault lawyer. Call today for immediate, experienced defense from our team of attorneys.