Criminal Defense For Sex Offense Crimes In Maryland
Criminal charges for any sexual offense and a conviction of a sex crime can have devastating consequences. In addition to fines and possible jail time, a conviction for certain sex offenses requires registration with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry. At the Law Offices of Mallon Snyder, our founding attorney has been fighting for the rights of his clients in Rockville and the District of Columbia for over 40 years. He can help you understand the charges against you and fight on your behalf.
Criminal Charges For Sex Crimes, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault And Rape
In the state of Maryland, sex crimes range in severity and degree based on the alleged activity that took place. Sexual offenses can include:
- Indecent exposure
- Pandering, solicitation and prostitution
- Attempted rape, date rape and rape
- Sexual assault
There are also a number of sex offenses involving minors. These include sex abuse crimes, inappropriate touching, incest, solicitation of a minor, child pornography and statutory rape. Even being involved in a sex-crime investigation can have devastating consequences and damage your reputation in the community, affecting your employment, job and housing options. A conviction for any sex-crime or sexual misconduct can be even worse.
Penalties For Conviction Of Sex Offenses
In the state of Maryland, even misdemeanor charges, or sex crimes in the fourth degree, can come with fines up to $1000 and potential jail time. Convictions for sexual offenses in the first degree are felonies and jail time can range from 25 years in prison to life imprisonment. Repeat offenses can bring even higher fines and longer jail time.
Mandatory Registration As A Sex Offender
More important, convictions for sex crimes can result in mandatory registration on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry. Sex offenders may be required to remain on the registry for at least 25 years. Each tier (Tier I, Tier II or Tier III) has different registration and frequency of reporting requirements, depending on the severity of the crime. Even a conviction for a sexual offense in the fourth degree still requires mandatory registration as a sex offender. Being labeled as a sexual predator can have long-lasting consequences that can haunt you for the rest of your life. Anytime you apply for a job or submit a housing application, background searches will reveal your criminal history and sex offender registration status. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Talk To A Sex Crimes Attorney Today
If you have been charged with a sex crime, or under investigation or suspicion for any sexual offense, including solicitation, rape or sexual assault, do not wait. Even if the charges or potential charges against you are minor, there can still be devastating and long-lasting consequences. Call us today at 301-750-9588 or send an email through our online form to schedule your free consultation today.