Sexual Assault and Rape Defense Attorney for Loyola Students

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Sexual assault and rape, unfortunately, are crimes that happen frequently, especially on college campuses such as that of Loyola University. Facing allegations of rape or sexual assault can have a serious effect on your future. Our attorneys represent the accused and work to challenge the case against them, protect their civil rights, and get unfair charges dropped and dismissed.

Loyola University students that have sexual assault and rape charges filed against them are entitled to a fair chance to defend themselves. If you or your child is facing such allegations, hire a lawyer that works with the Law Offices of Randolph Rice to help them. Call (410) 694-7291 for more information about fighting your case.

Types of Sex Crimes in Maryland

There are two categories of crimes that fall under the broad category of sex crimes in Maryland: “rape,” which is a specific crime, and “sexual offenses,” which encompasses all other sex crimes. Sexual offenses is defined to include any sexual act that occurs with another person by force, threat of force, or without their consent. Sexual assault is one type of sexual offense. Other types of sexual offenses include…

  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual harassment
  • Molestation
  • Stalking
  • Child pornography
  • Sex trafficking
  • Prostitution
  • Incest
  • Voyeurism
  • Lewd or lascivious acts and
  • Unlawful sexual activity.

Degrees and Penalties for Rape Charges in Maryland

Rape charges are separated into two degrees based on severity. The following are the elements of each level of crime as well as the penalties for both degrees of rape.

First-Degree Rape

Under Maryland law, it is illegal for anyone to…

  • Engage in vaginal intercourse
  • With another person
  • Through the use of force or intimidation
  • Without the other person’s consent
  • While either…
    • Using a dangerous weapon,
    • Inflicting serious physical injury to the victim or another person involved in the crime
    • Committing the crime with the help of another person, or
    • Committing the crime while also committing a burglary.

The penalty for first-degree rape is up to life in prison. If the victim of the rape was under the age of 16, then parole is not available.

Second-Degree Rape

Second-degree rape occurs when an individual…

  • Engages in non-consensual vaginal intercourse
  • With someone else
  • Through the use of force or threat of force.

This offense also applies to cases in which the offender knows that the victim is physically helpless or mentally incapacitated, or if the victim is younger than 14 years old. Second-degree rape applies to date rape as well.

The penalties for second-degree rape involve prison time up to 20 years.

Degrees of Sexual Offenses in Maryland

“Sexual offenses” is a term used to represent all of the sex crimes that are not rape in the State of Maryland. Charges for sexual offenses fall under four categories, each based on the severity of the crime:

First-Degree Sexual Offense

This charge is the same as rape in the first degree, except it applies to sexual acts that are not vaginal intercourse.

Second-Degree Sexual Offense

Second-degree sexual offense charges are essentially the same as second-degree rape charges. The only distinction between the two is that rape charges cover only vaginal intercourse while sex offenses covers all sexual acts.

Third-Degree Sexual Offense

This charge is filed against individuals that take part in sexual contact with a victim who does not consent to the contact and also either…

  • Uses a deadly weapon (or an object that appears to be a deadly weapon to the victim)
  • Inflicts serious physical injury to the victim while committing the offense
  • Threatens the victim with physical harm to the victim, physical harm to someone the victim knows, or kidnapping, or
  • Is aided and abetted by someone else while they are committing the offense

Certain cases in which a victim is under 14 but over the age of four are considered to be third-degree sexual offenses, as well as certain statutory rape cases.

Fourth-Degree Sexual Offense

Fourth-degree sexual offenses are offenses that involve disparate ages of the victim and offender. You can consult Md. Code, Criminal Law § 3-308 for more information.

Criminal Defense Attorney for Rape and Sexual Assault Charges at Loyola University

Sexual assault and rape allegations are crimes that should be treated with extreme care and discretion. Individuals that face charges of rape and sexual assault are entitled, by law, to a fair chance to defend themselves. The Maryland rape defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice can help those accused of rape and sexual assault make sense of their charges and get help fighting the charges against them. Get in touch with one of our attorneys immediately to set up a free, confidential case consultation. Call (410) 694-7291.

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