First, Second, Third, & Fourth Degree Sex Offenses
Serving the Accused in Baltimore, Annapolis, Bel Air & Throughout Maryland
Evidence of sex crimes is often more than the word of the alleged victim against the person charged. False allegations can occur in many circumstances, including divorce and child custody disputes. However, don’t think that you can handle the situation yourself. A common mistake is someone believing that simply telling the truth is the way out of the situation. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to advise you every step of the way.
Sex offenses can result in the following charges:
- First Degree Sex Offense: This felony crime is defined as committing a “sexual act” other than vaginal intercourse. The victim alleges that the sex act occurred that consent by force or the threat of force and with the weapon.
- Second Degree Sex Offense: The victim must allege that the defendant committed the offense by some act of force or threat of force and the victim is a mentally handicapped or otherwise disabled individual. Sometimes, this crime is also charged against individuals who attempt to commit statutory rape. It is a felony.
- Third Degree Sex Offense: A felony that is defined as someone engaging in any type of formal sexual contact, short of rape without the victim’s consent, when the offender uses any dangerous weapon. It also includes sexual contact with a mentally disabled victim and certain statutory rape charges.
- Fourth Degree Sex Offense: A misdemeanor that includes non-felony sex offenses where the perpetrator is the position of power such as a teacher, supervisor or someone else accused that is at least four years older than the underage victim.
Once you have been charged with a sex crime, you additionally find yourself beholden to the Maryland sex offender registry and the Comet probation program. The sex offender registry prevents employment, housing, and socialization opportunities for the rest of your life. The Comet probation program requires sex offender classes, home detention, diminished computer use, supervision, polygraph tests, and more.
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