Sexual Assault Crimes

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.

The law enforcement community often cites studies that estimate that one in five Maryland women will experience rape in their lifetime. In 2014 alone, these studies estimated that 1,144 forcible rapes reported in Maryland. The studies also show that the numbers fail to capture the countless unreported rapes and assaults that occur each year.

Attorney for Sexual Assault in Baltimore, MD

False allegations of sexual assaults do occur for a variety of reasons. Just because you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime involving sexual assault doesn’t mean you’re guilty. Lots of people get charged with all types of crimes – it’s my job to defend them when they’re facing the authority of the state.

I’ve been doing this since 1992. I truly care about you and your case – and I have the courtroom experience to back it up. For a free consultation, send me an email or call 443-709-9999.


Types of Sexual Assault Charges in Maryland

Maryland has several different types of sex assault crimes which can include:

  • Rape.
    • Rape is generally defined as vaginal intercourse by a¬†threat of force and without consent. It usually gives rise to the most serious of punishment if you’re 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.
  • Sexual Assault by a 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.

Sexual Assault Investigations at Maryland Colleges

The Maryland legislature has recently passed new legislation related to allegations of sexual assaults on college campuses. Under federal law, a school is obligated to act when it knows or reasonably should have known that one of its students has been sexually assaulted. A school is required to provide a safe learning environment for all students and giving victims the help needed to reclaim their education.

As part of Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972, schools that receive federal financial assistance are required to take the necessary steps to prevent sexual assault on their campuses and respond promptly and effectively when an assault is reported.

Sexual assault policies of institutions of higher education in Maryland must conform with Title IX in addition to other requirements. Federal law requires MHEC to establish procedures by which institutions administer a sexual assault campus climate survey on or before March 1, 2016, and at least every two years thereafter.

A sexual assault policy must prohibit the imposition of a campus conduct action, except for a mandatory intervention for substance abuse, for a violation of the alcohol or drug use policies of the institution for a student who reports to the institution or a law enforcement officer an incident of sexual assault, or who participates in an investigation of a sexual assault as a witness under specified circumstances.

The policy must also prohibit the institution of higher education from retaliating against a student who files a complaint involving sexual assault or who participates as a witness in an investigation of a sexual assault. The policy must include provisions for the pursuit, by the institution, of formalized agreements with a local law enforcement agency that complies with the relevant provision of Title IX and a State-designated rape crisis program or federally recognized sexual assault coalition, or both.


Finding a Lawyer for “Sexual Assault” in Baltimore, MD

Give me if you have been charged with a sexually motivated crime in Baltimore or the surrounding areas in the State of Maryland including rape, inappropriate touching, indecent exposure.

Call 443-709-9999 or contact me online for a free consultation with one of our sex crimes attorneys.