Sexual assault is a serious crime in the state of Maryland, and it is important to understand what actions constitute sexual assault as well as the penalties that can result from a conviction. If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is important to seek the advice and representation of a qualified legal professional. The law offices of Krum, Gergely and Oates have experience defending clients against sexual assault charges in Maryland and can provide you with the legal assistance you need.
What is considered sexual assault in Maryland?
In Maryland, sexual assault is defined as any non-consensual sexual act, including but not limited to rape, sodomy, and sexual penetration with an object. Non-consensual sexual acts are those that occur without the explicit and informed consent of all parties involved. In other words, if one party does not agree to the sexual act, it can be considered sexual assault.
It is also important to note that the use of force or coercion is not required for an act to be considered sexual assault. For example, if a person is unconscious or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and unable to give consent, any sexual act that occurs can be considered sexual assault.
Penalties for sexual assault in Maryland
The penalties for sexual assault in Maryland can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case, such as the age of the victim and the severity of the offense. For example, sexual assault of a minor under the age of 14 is a first-degree offense and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Second-degree sexual assault, which includes sexual acts committed through force or coercion, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.
Additionally, Maryland law provides for mandatory minimum sentences for certain sexual assault offenses. For example, a person convicted of sexual assault of a minor under the age of 13 must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, and a person convicted of a second or subsequent offense of sexual assault in the first or second degree must serve a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Contact the Law Offices of Krum, Gergely and Oates for representation
If you have been accused of sexual assault in Maryland, it is important to seek the advice and representation of a qualified legal professional as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Krum, Gergely and Oates have extensive experience defending clients against sexual assault charges in Maryland and can provide you with the legal assistance you need.
Our team of skilled attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options, build a strong defense strategy, and work to minimize the potential consequences of a sexual assault conviction. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you with your case.