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.
Sex crime allegations can seriously impact an accused individual's life. But the potential effects can be magnified when the allegations of sexual assault involve a child.
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.
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.
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.