Sexual Assault and Rape Defense Attorney for Johns Hopkins Students

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College can be a stressful time for an individual. You have grades to keep up, friendships to maintain, and maybe even a job to get to. However, your college experience can go from stressful to downright terrifying if you are accused of sexual assault or rape. As reports of this type of crime have become more prevalent over the last decade, college officials as well as local law enforcement have begun to aggressively pursue these sorts of cases. Our experienced sexual assault and rape defense attorneys for Johns Hopkins students at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice understand that a conviction for sexual assault or rape comes not only with terrible criminal consequences such as long prison sentences, but also the destruction of your reputation in the community. We will fight to get you acquitted. For a free consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.

Rape Laws in Maryland

In Maryland, the crime of rape can be charged in one of two ways: rape in the first degree or rape in the second degree. Rape in the first degree is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse with another without their consent by force. Specifically, the assailant must use weapons, strangle or inflict serious physical injury, threaten with death, serious injury, or kidnapping, or commit the rape with another’s help or during a burglary.

Rape in the second degree is defined as engaging in vaginal intercourse with another in one of three ways. The first is doing so without their consent by force or threat. The second is doing so with a mentally or physically incapacitated person, such as someone who is drunk, high, or unconscious, when the defendant knows of their condition. The third is intercourse when the victim is under 14 years old and the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim.

Sexual Assault Laws in Maryland

Sexual assault crimes are referred to as sexual offenses in Maryland. Sexual offense laws are broken down into four different classes. A sexual offense in the first degree involves engaging in a forced sexual act other than vaginal intercourse, including oral or anal sex. To be guilty of this charge, you must engage in such a sexual act while displaying a weapon, suffocating or physically injuring the victim, or threatening the victim with death, disfigurement, or serious physical injury.

A charge of sexual offense in the second degree basically corresponds to rape in the second degree above, except it would involve an activity other than vaginal intercourse. A third-degree sexual offense charge usually results from a situation involving statutory rape, where both parties allegedly consented but one party was below the legal age of consent. Finally, a fourth-degree sexual offense is charged when someone in a position or power, such as a coach or teacher, engages in a sexual act with a minor student.

Criminal Penalties for Johns Hopkins Students Charged with Rape and Sexual Assault in Maryland

The criminal penalties for rape and sexual assault as a Johns Hopkins student will depend on the nature of the crime you are charged with. Below, we explain the penalties for the above-mentioned charges.

Rape in the First Degree

  • Felony conviction
  • Up to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole
  • Minimum 25 years in prison if you commit this crime as an adult against a victim under the age of 13

Rape in the Second Degree

  • Felony conviction
  • Prison term of up to 20 years
  • If you are over 18 and victim is under 13, minimum 15 years in prison and maximum of life in prison

First-Degree Sexual Offense

  • Felony
  • Potential life in prison
  • If the victim is under 16, maximum is life in prison without the possibility of parole
  • If the victim is under 13, minimum of 25 years in prison and maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole

Second-Degree Sexual Offense

  • Felony conviction
  • Prison up to 20 years

Third-Degree Sexual Offense

  • Felony offense
  • Jail time of up to 10 years

Fourth-Degree Sexual Offense

  • Misdemeanor offense
  • Jail up to 1 year
  • Fines up to $1,000

Other Penalties for Rape and Sexual Assault for Students at Johns Hopkins

Beyond the potentially lengthy prison sentences, if you are convicted of one of these crimes, once you are released from prison you will be required to register as a sex offender for at least 15 years and possibly for your while life. The sex offender website would allow any of your neighbors to see your picture, address, and a description of your crimes, among other identifying information. Being on the sex offender registry can make it nearly impossible for find employment and will destroy your reputation in the community.

Furthermore, as a student at Johns Hopkins, you will likely face a separate disciplinary proceeding by the school, which could result in your expulsion. Even if you are not convicted criminally, the school can take action to expel you, suspend you, or severely curtail your rights and liberties, such as forbidding you from being on campus at the same time as your alleged accuser. You have the right to counsel for any disciplinary proceeding at your college. A knowledgeable Johns Hopkins student defense lawyer like those at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can appear with you at your proceedings and ensure that your rights under the law are fully respected.

If You Are a Johns Hopkins Student Facing Rape or Assault Charges, Call Our Criminal Defense Team Today

Rape and sexual assault charges in the criminal system can bring a promising young college student’s life to a halt. A criminal conviction can result in life in prison in some cases. In addition, accused students will have to face disciplinary proceedings by their college, which could result in their expulsion or suspension even if the criminal case does not go forward. Beyond this, there is the possible of spending the rest of your life on a sex registry. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, our experienced Johns Hopkins sexual assault and rape defense lawyers will go to battle for you inside and outside of court. We will fight not to allow thes charges to cut down your promising future. Call us today at (410) 694-7291 for a free consultation.

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