Criminal defendants who have been charged with a sex offense in Maryland
should know that “minor” sex crimes do not exist in this state.
In fact, the vast majority of sex crimes require registration on the
sex offender registry — an archaic practice that can cause professional and personal consequences
that you may not have ever imagined. Even one of the less-serious charges
— such as prostitution or soliciting a prostitute — can cause
major damage to your professional life and future.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you need to know that you have
rights under the law. Sex crimes comprise a wide range of alleged violations,
ranging from prostitution to rape to child molestation. Even indecent
exposure is considered a prosecutable sex crime in Maryland.
The most important step you can take after being arrested on sex crimes
allegations: Stop talking to the police. No matter how friendly they may
seem, police officers have one goal, and that is trying to get incriminating
information out of the people they apprehend. They may try to isolate
you, frighten you and pressure you into confessing. Instead of talking
to police officers, you should be talking to your experienced criminal
defense attorneys, who can provide assistance that can protect your legal rights.
In the Internet age, more and more criminal defendants are finding themselves
being subject to penalties because of police “stings” online.
These defendants — and others accused of sex crimes — deserve
the full protection of the court, and they should not be considered guilty
simply because they were arrested. Consulting an experienced legal team
may maximize the outcome of your criminal defense case, potentially protecting
your professional life and personal reputation from the tarnish associated
with sex crimes. You can learn more about
sex crime penalties and charges on our webpage.