Maryland prosecutes sex crimes in ways that are not quite like any other crime. Those who are convicted of sex crime charges can have their record follow them around for the rest of their lives, significantly damaging their personal and professional lives.
Recently, a Maryland doctor was charged with a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and perverted practice. At an initial hearing, he pleaded not guilty.
In 1987, the same man was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint and served three and a half years in prison. Following his reentrance into society, he received a license to practice family medicine in Maryland in 1996. Officials have asked for an investigation into the Maryland Board of Physicians' decision to grant the man a license.
Under Maryland law, sexual offense in the fourth degree is a category of crime that is typically applied to cases in which a school employee is accused of having sexual relations with an underage student. The penalty that goes with conviction on a fourth-degree sex offense charge may be no more than a year in prison and a $1,000 fine, but those who have been previously convicted of sex crime charges may face much longer sentences.
In addition to fines and long prison sentences those who are convicted of sex crimes may be forced to join a sex offender registry, which can interfere with their ability to secure work and housing for decades to come.
Maryland residents who are accused of sex crimes may not find much support from their community and they will have to put up a defense against zealous, well-funded prosecution. For these reasons, it's crucial that the accused have the help of attorneys who know how to craft a strong defense strategy.
Source: WBAL.com, "Md. Doctor Charged With Sex Crime Heads To Court," June 10, 2014