Baltimore Rape Attorney

Baltimore rape attorneyIf you’re facing sex crime charges, a Baltimore rape attorney can help you protect your rights and defend your freedom. Rape charges involve serious penalties as well as overwhelming social stigma. For this reason, you should always work with an experienced lawyer that understands the complex and emotional nature of rape cases. At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we firmly believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We’ll listen to your side of the story and vigorously defend your rights.

Maryland Rape Laws

Maryland’s rape laws categorize sex crimes based on their severity. Depending on your circumstances, a prosecutor can charge you with:

  • First-degree rape: Maryland defines first-degree rape as nonconsensual, vaginal intercourse while using a weapon, strangling, threatening injury or death, kidnapping, or while inflicting serious injury.
  • Second-degree rape: Second-degree rape is defined as vaginal intercourse involving either:
    • The use of force or threats,
    • With a mentally incapacitated or physically helpless person (when you should have reasonably known of their incapacity), or
    • With someone who is under 14 years old (and you are at least four years older).
  • Attempted rape: Prosecutors can charge you with either attempted rape in the first or second degree.
  • First-degree sexual offenses: In Maryland, rape is strictly defined as vaginal intercourse. Other forceful, nonconsensual sexual penetrations are considered a first degree sexual offense if you use a weapon, injure or suffocate the victim, threaten harm, have the help of another person, or commit the act during a burglary.
  • Statutory rape or third-degree sexual offenses: It is illegal to engage in intercourse or other sexual contact with someone who is:
    • Under 14 years old and you are at least four years older, or
    • Under 14 years old and you are at least 21 years old.

Maryland’s criminal laws also prohibit certain types of sexual touching, child pornography, revenge porn, and other illegal acts. If you have questions about rape and other sexual offenses, contact a Baltimore rape attorney at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates immediately. We can help you understand your charges and the consequences of a conviction.

What Are the Penalties for a Baltimore Rape Conviction?

In Maryland, rape is a felony. If convicted, you face serious penalties. You might face:

  • First-degree rape: typically life in prison (with or without parole),
  • Second-degree rape: up to a 20-year sentence,
  • First-degree sexual offenses: typically life in prison (with or without parole),
  • Third-degree sexual offenses: up to a ten-year sentence,
  • Sex offender registration: up to lifetime registration, and
  • Financial penalties: such as court costs and restitution payments.

You will also lose other valuable rights, such as the right to vote and possess firearms. And, a rape conviction can lead to the revocation or denial of a professional license and might bar you from certain jobs.

When you work with a rape attorney at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we will carefully explain Maryland’s sentencing guidelines and how they apply in your case. And, we will work with you to get the best possible results. Contact us for more information today.

Building a Strong Defense to Baltimore Rape Charges

If you’re facing rape charges, you might feel very alone and afraid. Many times, our clients’ support networks weaken or disappear, due to social stigma. However, a rape attorney from James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates will stay by your side. We apply decades of trial experience and deliver compassionate advice and detailed case evaluations, as well as aggressive representation. Moreover, we will treat you with respect and protect your constitutional rights throughout this difficult process.

Rape defense is a complicated and technical process and therefore most people cannot handle it on their own. Typically, a rape case involves:

  • Investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident,
  • Reviewing and analyzing medical records and forensic data,
  • Questioning witnesses,
  • Building persuasive legal arguments,
  • Filing and responding to motions,
  • Negotiating with prosecutors,
  • Assessing plea bargains and reviewing sentencing guidelines,
  • Educating clients about their options,
  • Presenting your defense to the judge and jury,
  • Filing sentence reconsideration motions, and
  • Filing and preparing appeals (when necessary).

Without the guidance of a rape attorney, you might make serious errors that result in delays and unnecessary jail time.

At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, a rape attorney will perform a detailed and personalized analysis of your case. We will also ensure that all procedural and legal requirements are met in your case. Finally, we will help you understand the strength of the evidence and legal arguments on both sides — empowering you to make good decisions about how to proceed.

Discuss Your Case With a Rape Attorney

Without a Baltimore rape attorney, you might face a lifetime sentence and other serious penalties. At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we are here to guide you through the emotionally-charged process of defending yourself against sex crime charges. We offer free and confidential consultations.