Sex Crime Laws in Maryland

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.

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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.

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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.

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