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Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are defined as crimes involving sexual assault or having a sexual motive, and they can include rape, statutory rape, child pornography, solicitation, sexting, and other sexual offenses. These crimes can be prosecuted on both the federal and the state levels, depending on the severity of the crime. Sex crime cases are often complicated and intricate, which is why it is important to consult with an attorney and to have legal representation throughout the whole case.

If you have more questions about sex crimes, contact the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, by phone or fill out the consultation form.

Sex Crime Laws in Maryland

In Maryland, legal penalties for sex crimes vary on the basis of the severity of the crime committed. Some examples of sex crimes in Maryland are:

  • First Degree Sexual Offense: A sexual act committed by means of force or by threat of force
  • Second Degree Sexual Offense: Sexual acts committed by means or threat of force, and statutory rape
  • Third Degree Sexual Offense: Non-consensual sexual contact, often accompanied by threat of injury or kidnapping
  • Fourth Degree Sexual Offense: Unwanted and nonconsensual sexual contact
  • Solicitation of a Minor

The most stringent legal penalties are given for first degree sexual offenses. For one of these offenses, a perpetrator could be given a maximum sentence of life in prison. Many offenders are also given anything from 10 to 20 years of jail-time.

For second, third, and fourth degree sexual offenses, the legal penalties generally aren’t as severe as they are for a first degree sexual offense. For example, for a fourth degree sexual offense, generally the perpetrator is given one year of jail-time. Other consequences for a sex crime include mandatory sexual offender registration and a permanent record of a felony conviction.

If you have been charged in a similar case, you can use the services of an experienced domestic violence defense lawyer in MD practicing locally to get the best legal counsel for your case. By using the services of the best local criminal attorneys, you can expect the best outcome for your case. Local lawyers will be able to research and provide the right sections of Maryland criminal law to provide the deserving justice.

To learn more about Maryland’s sex crime laws, contact us and we’ll be able to answer all your questions.

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Why you should choose the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, for your Case

If you need an attorney to help you with your case, we are here for you. At the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we have years of experience working cases in the criminal law field, including sex crime cases. We’ll help answer any questions you have, and we’ll help you understand the legal implications of your case.

Our attorneys are well-versed in sexual assault and sex crime laws, and they will be able to help you understand these laws. They can also answer any questions that you may have both about these laws and your case. We are dedicated to upholding and meeting the legal rights of all of our clients, and we will provide effective legal representation for both misdemeanor and felony offenses. At the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we will work tirelessly for your defense.

If you have questions about a case or are looking for legal representation, contact us, and we’ll set up an appointment with you right away.

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frequently asked questions

What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a “last resort” method that is designed to allow the government to provide debt repayment or settlement to those who are unable to pay money that is owed. There are different types of bankruptcy, and there are rules in which to qualify for this service.

How do I know if I qualify?

Generally, you must be in a situation where you have acquired debt that you can no longer repay due to a change in your financial capabilities. Often, bankruptcy occurs after a major life event such as death, divorce, illness, job loss, or any other hardship.

Is bankruptcy right for me?

It is strongly encouraged to make bankruptcy your last resort. Attempt to make arrangements with your debtors first by contacting each one of them directly and discussing reduced payments or the ability to defer payments for a period of time. Many debtors are willing to negotiate to some level to help those in need.

What is the process for filing bankruptcy?

While it is possible to file for bankruptcy on your own, it is highly recommended to use legal assistance. Find a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy and can help you determine which type of bankruptcy is best for your situation. Then the firm can handle all of the needed paperwork throughout the process to make sure your bankruptcy runs smoothly.

What advice can a bankruptcy attorney give me?

The best bankruptcy attorneys will have an initial conversation with you at no charge. The attorney can provide advice on next steps and your alternatives. If you decide to proceed, you may have to pay a small initial fee to begin the filing process.

How often can a person file for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can only be filed once every 6 years.

What must I do before I file my case?

Discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney, who will also request for a list of all debts. The list should include the company or individual name, the amount owed, account number, and a phone number.

What is an exempt asset?

Depending on the type of bankruptcy, some of your assets can be exempted. This could include your home, vehicle, or certain personal debts such as child support.

Can I pay some creditors if I want to?

With bankruptcy, it is very important to stick to the terms of your agreement. Discuss any situations with your attorney to determine how best to prioritize payments.

Will filing bankruptcy hurt my credit?

Because bankruptcy often results in debtors losing money, your credit score will be dramatically impacted. A record of your bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for as long as ten years.

Can I choose which type of bankruptcy to file?

How do I choose the right one? Choose a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy to help you determine which choice is best for your particular situation.

What are the main differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

In a chapter 7 bankruptcy, virtually all of your assets are used to repay the debt, and then the remaining debt is put into structured payments that must be completed within a set period of time, typically 3-5 years. A chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to retain some of your assets such as home and vehicle and restructured payments are put into place.

Will I be able to keep my property and assets if I file Bankruptcy?

It depends on the type of bankruptcy, but your attorney can help you determine how best to keep the assets you need.

Can I file Bankruptcy on my own?

It is possible but the paperwork and legal process are extremely time-consuming and very complicated. In a vast majority of cases it is much easier to use a skilled attorney.

Are there alternatives to Bankruptcy?

Everyone is always encouraged to use bankruptcy as a last resort. Some people may be able to repay debts simply by living within their means and adhering to a budget. Others may need to negotiate a reduced payment with their debtors. But in some cases, bankruptcy is the only alternative.

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