How a date rape arrest can evolve into first-degree rape charges

How a date rape arrest can evolve into first-degree rape charges

As criminal defense attorneys, we cannot stress strongly enough how serious
an arrest for date rape can become in Baltimore and other Maryland communities.
In our state, the law does not distinguish date rape from any other form
of rape, which essentially means defendants
arrested for date rape can find themselves quickly drowning in very hot water.

In Maryland, date rape is simply a term for a sexual assault that allegedly
occurred during some kind of social event such as a date or a party. In
the eyes of the law, it does not matter if the alleged offender knew or
had a previous sexual relationship with the alleged victim. All it takes
is an allegation of force or threatening coercion for the law to take
the accusations seriously. As a result, a conviction of date or any other
rape can result in life-changing consequences, including prison time,
reputation loss and long-lasting social stigmas.

If the arrest or rape charges include the presence of date rape drugs,
it could worsen an already terrible situation. When all of the alleged
elements of the charges—force, threats, coercion or date rape drugs—combine,
it can mean a first-degree rape conviction. This is one of the most serious
sex crimes on the books, resulting in many years behind prison bars if
convicted.

The best thing a defendant can do if he or she is facing date rape or other
sexual offenses is to acquire solid help building a proper defense early
on. In the interests of helping you learn more about date rape charges
and their possible consequences, we urge you to browse our comprehensive
and educational web section on
crimes involving sex.