False allegations of child molestation are often brought wrongfully, without regard to the guilt or innocence of the accused, or because of misunderstanding. Whatever the case, if you’ve been falsely accused of child molestation, you deserve an experienced legal defense team as you right these serious accusations at every stage of the case.
Most accusations of sexual molestation or exploitation of a child under 18 years of age involve a parent, another family member, a member of the household, a person with permanent or temporary care, custody, or responsibility for the supervision the child, or a person under a contractual duty to care for a child. Family members can include a relative of the child by blood, adoption, or marriage.
These crimes are often charged under Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law I § 3-602. That section prohibits child sexual abuse, which means “an act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a minor, with or without physical injury under § 3-602(a)(4)(i).
Types of abuse in these charges include rape, incest, sodomy or other sexual offenses including unnatural or perverted sexual practices or sexual exploitation. These crimes include an allegation that the alleged victim was under 18 years of age.
Attorney for Child Molestation Defense in Baltimore, MD
I’ve been handling cases as serious as child molestation and child sexual abuse since 1992. These cases can severely impact your life. Even after you’ve spent years in prison, you’ll face possible lifetime sex offender registration, affecting where you can work and live. Defend yourself.
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What is Child Molestation?
Child molestation is generally thought of as groping of a sexual nature, though the allegations can be as serious as overt sexual acts or as relatively innocent as touching. In other states, this crime is often called lewd and lascivious molestation.
In Maryland, “child molestation” is considered to be sexual abuse of a minor, and is often charged with a very serious felony offense that comes with serious criminal penalties.
Types of Child Sexual Abuse Cases
The most common types of child sexual abuse crimes prosecuted in the State of Maryland range from fourth-degree misdemeanors to first-degree felonies.
- The person in a position of authority. This is a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge with the possibility of months in jail. If a school employee, like a principal or teacher, for example, has sex with a minor at the school over whom they “exercised supervision,” the employee can be charged.
- Statutory rape. Common child molestation cases involve an adult who is considerably older. The alleged victim is typically younger than 16. In Maryland, if you’re over 21, you’ll face the most serious felony statutory rape charges.
Abuse does not include the performance of an accepted medical or behavioral procedure ordered by a health care provider authorized to practice law and acting within the scope of that authorization.
Finding a Child Molestation Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland
I offer free consultations for all potential clients. I’ve been doing criminal law for many years, defending people against all types of sex offense charges in the State of Maryland.
Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law I § 3-602 prohibits child sexual abuse, which means “an act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a minor,” with or without physical injury under § 3-602(a)(4)(i).
Find out more about the ways our attorneys fight false allegations of sexually motivated crimes.
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