Statutory Rape in Maryland

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Unlike other sex crimes in Maryland, statutory rape often involves two parties with no criminal intentions. According to state law, a minor below a certain age is unable to legally consent a sexual act with an adult. The penalties associated with this offense are on par with the severe consequences the state imposes for many other sex crimes.

If you were recently arrested or accused of statutory rape in Maryland, it is imperative to hire an experienced defense lawyer on your side. I am William R. Hall and I have been successfully handling a plethora of criminal offenses for more than 18 years. I can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to obtain the most favorable results possible.

Maryland Statutory Rape Laws & Penalties

While Maryland doesn’t have a charge specifically titled “statutory rape,” sex or sexual acts involving a minor who is not legally old enough to consent falls under one of three separate classifications for sex offenses. The standard age of consent is 16; however, the type of criminal charge is determined by the ages of both parties involved in the offense, as well as the sexual acts entailed.

If a sexual act – including vaginal intercourse – occurs between a minor under 14 years of age and an individual at least four years older, the older person can be charged with a second-degree sexual offense. A second-degree sexual offense is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

If a sexual act – including vaginal intercourse – occurs between an individual aged 14 or 15 and an adult over 21 years old, the adult is guilty of a third-degree sexual offense. A third-degree sexual offense is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Those who are convicted of a second or subsequent time for crimes involving sex with underage children may be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Teachers or school employees who engage in sexual acts with students can be sentenced to a maximum jail sentence of one year. Second convictions are punishable by a maximum prison sentence of three years.

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