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Sexual Assault

Just because you have been arrested or charged with a crime involving sexual assault doesn’t mean you’re guilty. Many people get charged with all types of crimes – it’s our job to defend them when they face the authority of the states.

What Is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault includes more than rape. It can be any sexual act forced upon a person who did not give his or her consent. In Maryland, “sexual acts” include most forms of sex, with the possibility of years behind bars even with third-degree charges.

What Are Some Types Of Sexual Assault Charges In Maryland?

There are many different types of sex assaults cases. These include:

  • Rape. Rape is generally defined as vaginal intercourse by the threat of force and without consent. It usually gives rise to the most serious punishment if convicted of the charge.
  • Oral sex. These are classified as “sexual offense” cases and include all types of oral sex. The seriousness of the offense rises in proportion to any threat of force, the presence of a weapon, the absence of consent, and the age of the participants.
  • Statutory rape. A statutory rape charge hinges on the age of the participants. In Maryland, for example, a 19-year-old boyfriend could be charged with statutory rape for having sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend.
  • Person in a position of authority. A fourth-degree misdemeanor charge, this is where a teacher or coach, for instance, who “exercises supervision” over a minor and has sex with that minor.