Many crimes carry a statute of limitations. This means that once a certain
amount of time has passed since an alleged crime occurred, a person cannot
be charged for it. Some crimes that are considered more serious, however,
do not have statutes of limitations attached to them. As a Maryland man
recently found out,
rape is one of those crimes.
A 64-year-old Essex man was recently charged with raping an individual
30 years ago. According to the alleged victim, the man sexually abused
her above the restaurant he owned while her mother worked as a waitress.
The man was arrested last week.
The Essex man has maintained his innocence. He claims that he had already
been thoroughly investigated and cleared years ago. According to him,
the allegations are the result of an unhappy former employee.
Being accused of a serious crime like rape is a frightening experience.
Not only could you end up facing years in prison if found guilty, but
it can also seriously impact your social life, family life and ability
to find a job. It is important to remember, however, that it is possible
to build a strong defense against rape charges -- especially when the
alleged crime happened years ago.
When criminal charges stem from something that happened decades ago, they
become much more difficult to prove. In 30 years, evidence can deteriorate
and witnesses may be much less reliable when they have to recall something
that happened so long ago. With the right
criminal defense, it may be possible to beat the charges and clear your name.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Essex man charged in alleged sexual abuse from 30 years ago," Justin Fenton, Dec. 12, 2013