Baltimore Statutory Rape Attorney

Accused of statutory rape?

Statutory rape is charged where one of the participants is legally incapable of consenting because of age. This law is in place to protect minors from being preyed upon by persons who are much older. In Maryland, a person who is 4 years or more older than the other may not engage in sexual intercourse with a minor who is under 14 years of age. To do so is also known as 3-304 Rape in Maryland, and is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. Anyone accused rape, date rape or statutory rape needs the assistance of a determined Baltimore criminal defense attorney who is well versed in the complex issues involved in sex crime defense.

Statutory Rape Defense Lawyer in Baltimore

Whether the charge is child molestation or statutory rape depends on how old the minor is. That both people voluntarily participated is not a legal defense in court. Allegations of sex crimes against minors are taken very seriously by law enforcement. Sex crime investigators tend to believe the “alleged victim” or his or her parents. This means a person may be arrested and charged with a sexual offense against a minor with no more evidence than a verbal statement. Persons who are in a position of authority over minors such as a coach or a teacher are especially vulnerable to harsh penalties unless competently defended by legal counsel. Although the law states a person is innocent until proven guilty, once the accusation is made public the emotional reaction of the community can be so strong that the accused feels he or she has already been convicted. You need a skilled statutory rape attorney with experience in building a strong defense strategy who will also take steps to protect your reputation.

The priorities are:

  • Don’t panic, and try to explain or vindicate yourself with investigators or others
  • Don’t give the prosecution any ammunition to use against you
  • Consult with legal counsel with whom you are comfortable and who thoroughly explains your rights to you.

Talk with a criminal defense lawyer at Richard S. Miller, Attorney At Law to find out what can be done in your defense.

If you need legal representation regarding a sex crime charge, contact a Baltimore statutory rape lawyer for a confidential consultation.