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Maryland high school student accused of sexual assault

No one wants to be accused of a crime, especially when it involves something as serious as rape. Such allegations can affect one's entire future, especially if they are convicted and labeled as a sex offender. Therefore, if a person is accused of rape or sexual assault, it is important that they seek the help they need to defend themselves and protect their legal interests.

How long must a convict register as a sex offender in Maryland?

Being convicted of a sex crime can have long-term ramifications, even after an individual believes that he or she has paid his or her debt to society by serving time in prison. This is because a Marylander who is convicted of a sexual offense must be included on the state's sex offender registry. Failing to register could result in a three-year prison sentence and/or a $5,000 fine.

Maryland woman found not guilty of child sexual abuse

When a person cares for a child, they usually do their best to see that the child is healthy and happy. Unfortunately, there are times when a person in Maryland is accused of crimes involving the children in their care. This can be a very serious situation, especially if the accused is facing charges of child sexual abuse. However, it is important to remember that every person is innocent until proven guilty. In fact, recently a 48-year-old Fredrick woman charged with sexually abusing two girls has been found not guilty.

Several bills in Maryland could significantly change rape laws

Certain rape cases have received a lot of national attention lately, particularly when they involve defendants who, in the court of public opinion, were not penalized thoroughly enough. However unfair this perception of those accused of rape may be, it has not escaped the attention of legislators who are doubling down on rape laws in Maryland.

What may be 'young love' may actually be a crime in Maryland

Many adults in Maryland have May-December romances, and even young love can blossom into a meaningful long-term relationship lasting well into adulthood. However, there are instances in which even consensual sexual contact, sexual acts or vaginal intercourse between two individuals is illegal. This is known as "statutory rape," as the reported victims in such cases are legally deemed incapable of consent.

Volunteer football coach accused of rape and sexual assault

Many outstanding members of our communities are those who volunteer in youth sports and activities. Not only to the adults experience the satisfaction of working with children, but the children also benefit from having a mentor that can help steer them in the right direction throughout life. Unfortunately, if a youth volunteer is charged with a crime, it could not only jeopardize his or her freedom, but his or her reputation in the community as well.

What qualifies as sexual assault?

Sexual assault is, unfortunately, a common crime to be charged in courts throughout the United States. But, what exactly is sexual assault, and what are the consequences for someone facing sexual assault charges? The definition of sexual assault varies by state, but generally speaking it is any sexual touching that is considered to be unwanted and offensive.

Common degrees of sexual assault charges

Any sexually based crime is a heinous event and can leave lifelong physical, mental and emotional scars on the victim. For this reason the state of Maryland takes allegations of this type very seriously and has developed four degrees of sexual assault charges. These can range in severity from first degree sexual assault, which are the most serious, to fourth degree charges which are the least severe. So here are some common examples of the different degrees of sexual assault charges.

Son of former Raven great charged with criminal sexual conduct

Being charged with a sexually based crime in Maryland can lead to devastating consequences. These can begin with newspaper headlines and gossip that imply guilt even before the defendant's criminal trial has begun. And even if that person is found innocent of all charges, public perception of guilt can still haunt that person for the rest of their life. Recently, the son of a former local football great has potentially found himself in just this kind of situation.

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