Posted in Criminal Law on November 1, 2017
Being charged with or convicted of a sex crime in Maryland can disrupt and affect most aspects of your life. “Sex crimes” is a general term which refers to any criminal charge involving sexual activity. This definition may include rape, child sexual abuse and molestation, prostitution, indecent exposure, and other related offenses.
If you have been charged with a Maryland sex crime, you will likely be fighting an uphill battle. Given the public’s extremely negative perception of sex offenders and child molesters, the odds of finding sympathy from a Maryland judge or jury in a sex crimes case are slim to none. In addition, while unfair, the public opinion tends to hold that people accused of sex crimes are “guilty until proven innocent,” which means that even unsubstantiated allegations of sex crimes can ruin a person’s reputation.
Baltimore criminal defense lawyer Randolph Rice regularly defends individuals charged with committing serious crimes. Attorney Rice will be able to safeguard your legal and constitutional rights while your case is pending and can help you with formulating good legal defenses to your criminal charges.
Sex crimes in Maryland include attempted sexual misconduct arising out of police internet “stings” that do not involve real people. Some examples of charges commonly associated with these internet stings include the following:
Being charged with or convicted of a sex crime can severely limit a person’s reputation, liberty, associations, and living arrangements. In this age of frequent criminal background checks and easy access to online information, a sex crime conviction can make it difficult—if not impossible—to find a decent place to live, obtain and keep a good job, or attend school at a good college or university.
The State of Maryland imposes very harsh criminal penalties on felony sex offenders. Penalties may range in severity, depending upon the nature of the charge, and can extend up to a life-prison sentence. A convicted Maryland sex offender will usually have to register for both the national and state sex offender registries. This also requires that the defendant’s picture be posted online. Since these are both lifetime registries, the criminal defendant’s sex offender profile will remain online forever.
You should always speak with a Maryland criminal defense lawyer before you speak with police officers or investigators about your case, admit anything to the police, or answer any questions about your charges. Anything that you say to a police officer, investigator, or detective about your case could potentially be used against you in a negative way.
It is important to understand that no matter what you have been charged with, you always have a constitutional right to speak with legal counsel before answering any questions and an absolute right to legal representation at all stages of your criminal case. Baltimore criminal defense attorney Randolph Rice is ready and willing to represent you throughout your case and any necessary trial that may occur in order to help you obtain the best possible result.
To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Baltimore, Maryland criminal defense lawyer, please call us at 410-288-2900 or contact us online.