When it comes to criminal charges of sexual assault, there is nothing for a defendant to leave to chance. The punishments for a conviction or even a plea bargain may be severe enough to include the rest of a person's life in prison. This is why suspects should always exercise their right to an attorney present when they are responding to charges.
If a person is facing criminal charges, it can feel like everyone is out to get you. A seriousness becomes part of everyday life, and the prospect of losing one's freedom can cause some people to obsess. But it's important to relax and remember that it's everyone's right to prepare a defense. And an attorney is often part of that strategy.
Music fans in Maryland following the allegations against R. Kelly might be interested to learn that a federal indictment has been updated with new charges against the former R&B singer. This marks the sixth arraignment for the 53-year-old man. New abuse allegations were added to the federal indictment to include charges stemming from another accuser. The new accuser is known only as Minor 6 in the documents.
A 38-year-old Maryland man has been charged with multiple sex offenses in connection with an alleged assault of a 16-year-old boy. Police believe that other victims may step forward to make similar accusations. The Columbia resident has been charged with soliciting a minor, trafficking, prostitution and sexual assault. Media reports indicate that the man has been denied bond and is being held at the Howard County Detention Center.
The state of Maryland does not have a specific definition of consent for purposes of determining if a sex act is lawful. However, there are many factors that can be looked at when determining if a sex crime was committed. For instance, consent cannot be given if a person is under age 14 and his or her partner is four or more years older. Consent also cannot be given if a person is mentally incapacitated.
On Dec. 21, it was reported that a Maryland doctor was facing second-degree rape and multiple other sex offense charges after two of his patients accused him of assault at his clinic. The 54-year-old doctor was reportedly being held at a detention center without bond.
Courts have prohibited criminal defendants from using the internet as a condition of their probation or supervised release in sexual assault or other sexual offense cases. However, the U.S. Supreme Court recently recognized evolving technology and free speech protections while overturning a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from accessing internet websites that could enable direct communications with minors.
A sex crime charge in Maryland has long-term consequences requiring law enforcement to comply with procedural rules and constitutional protections. This was apparent in a recent sexual assault case.
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.
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.