Lawyer for Sex Offenses in Maryland

There is no such thing as a minor sex crime in Maryland. The majority of sex offenses are subject to sex offender registration — a Draconian consequence that will follow you around for the rest of your life. Even a less serious charge such as prostitution can cause consequences ranging from profound embarrassment to divorce.

Sex offenses cover a surprisingly broad range of criminal charges. If you are accused of a sex crime, do not talk to police, no matter how friendly they may seem. Often, people convict themselves under manipulation by police and court officials. Law enforcement officials will attempt to get you into the police station, isolate you, scare you and get you either to confess or to provide incriminating information.

If you have been accused of a sexually motivated crime, do not talk to a detective or anyone else about the allegation. Instead, you should immediately seek out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. We can represent you at every stage of the process. We can help you assert your Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent and your Sixth Amendment rights to have an attorney represent you at every stage of the investigation. 

Call 443-709-9999 today to discuss the case with an attorney experienced in defending serious sex offenses in Baltimore and throughout the surrounding areas in the State of Maryland. 


Types of Sexually Motivated offenses in Maryland

Maryland law provides for many different types of crimes that are classified as being sexually motivated. The following links offer more information about specific charges:


Penalties for Sexually Motivated offenses in Maryland

Each of these types of sex offenses carry penalties ranging from a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years (in first-degree rape) to one year for a fourth-degree sex offense. The consequences vary for each offense, but may include years of mandatory probation, sex registration, sex-related evaluation and treatment, polygraph examinations and/or stress test exams, group counseling, and other conditions.

The difference between sex offenses of the third and fourth degree, as contrasted with sex offenses of the first or second degree, can be confusing. Generally, felony or misdemeanor sexual assault charges are divided by degree based on how the alleged incident aligns with numerous factors, including:

  • Whether a dangerous weapon was involved
  • The degree of harm inflicted or threatened
  • Whether the defendant worked alone
  • The alleged sex offense was committed in connection with a burglary 
  • The age of the victim 
  • The mental capacity or physical helplessness of the victim 
  • Other factors 

Third and fourth degree and felony sex offenses can include rape, sexual assault, inappropriate touching, sexting, texting and numerous other charges.


Avoiding Requirements to Register as a Sex Offender

One of the most serious consequences is sex registration, where a person could be required to register for 15 years, 25 years, or life, depending on the circumstances. Sex registration involves periodic reporting, getting a photograph taken and published online, and keeping personal information updated (also published online). The only way to avoid this requirement is to avoid a conviction for a sex crime.

Generally speaking, a registrant cannot use the Internet, have any contact with minors, must keep personal information updated (license plate, Social Security, home address, employment), and is subject to random 24-hour searches and investigations by Parole or Probation Officers.

One of the most heinous and difficult things that happen when someone is listed on the sex registry is the fact that neighbors and friends will see their photograph and know exactly where they are. Many times, neighbors and community members will try to have the person removed from the neighborhood anyway they can. And it's extremely hard to find employment or keep a job.

Title 3, Subtitle 3 of the Criminal Law Article contains statutory provisions pertaining to several sexual offenses, ranging from rape in the first degree to sexual offense in the fourth degree. Generally, a person convicted of a sex crime or other specified crime in Maryland is required to register with the State sex offender registry upon release from prison or release from the court, if the person did not receive a prison sentence. Offenders who are required to register in other states and who come to Maryland are required to register upon entering Maryland. Offenders from other states who may not be required to register in the home state are required to register in Maryland if the crime would have required registration in Maryland if committed in Maryland.

Sexual offenders are sorted into three separate tiers. A Tier I sex offender must register in person with a local law enforcement unit every six months for 15 years.


Finding a sex offense Lawyer in Baltimore, MD

It's extremely important in our country and in Maryland that individuals who have been charged with offenses, including sex offenses, have legal counsel to help guide them through the potholes of our justice system. As a criminal defense attorney, I wholeheartedly believe that the foundation of our legal system rests on the willingness of defense lawyers to stand up, protect, and represent people who've been accused of serious offenses.

A person who has been arrested and is about to be charged with a sex crime finds themselves at one of the lowest points in their life. Very often, family members, spouses, friends, and employers will shun a person simply because that person has been accused, because of the stigma attached to sex offenses.

In fact, many people as though they have been convicted before they have even seen the inside of a courtroom. Lawyers understand this feeling and help people facing these situations every day. James Crawford always believed that there's nothing is more important, for a criminal defense lawyer, than to help someone at their lowest point in their life vigorously defend and guide them through troubled waters.

That's the essence of being a defense lawyer - showing compassion and zeal and understanding that just because someone has been accused of a crime doesn't mean they're guilty.

Call James Crawford, an experienced attorney for sexually motivated offenses in Baltimore, Maryland. Call for a free initial consultation. Call 443-709-9999 today.He has handled the defense of hundreds of sex offenses from my offices in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis and Bel Air.

James Crawford has more than 18 years of experience fighting these charges. He is skilled in investigating sex offenses and protecting clients' rights. After meeting with you lawyers can examine the facts of your case and help you understand strategic options aimed at having your charges reduced or dropped.

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MORE ABOUT JAMES E. CRAWFORD Mr. Crawford is the founding and managing partner of James Crawford Law, with close to twenty-one years of trial experience in federal and state courts throughout Maryland and beyond. READ MORE
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