Ocean City Sex Crimes Lawyers
Aggressive Defense for Clients in Ocean City, Annapolis, Across Maryland, And military throughout the United States
Sex crimes are among the gravest charges you can face in Maryland and nationwide. They carry significant weight due to their severe nature and the often devastating effects they have on victims.
When accused of a sex crime, it can become particularly damaging due to its stigma and social consequences; these offenses are commonly viewed with disdain and revulsion by the public. An accusation, even if unfounded, can lead to social ostracism, isolation, and severe strain on family and personal relationships.
The legal consequences can be enormous, with heavy penalties, including lengthy prison time and potential mandatory sex offender registration that can further isolate you, limit housing, and ruin job opportunities.
To combat this, you will need an aggressive defender who works on the principle that you are innocent until proven guilty and that everyone deserves the best possible defense in a court of law, regardless of the nature of the alleged offense.
At the Law Offices of Murphy & Price, we have built a solid reputation for competence, advocacy, and tenacity in defending individuals accused of various sex offenses. Our representation has included civilians and servicemembers facing state, federal, and military court charges.
Schedule your free initial consultation with an Ocean City sex crime attorney using our online contact form or by calling (410) 862-0351.
Sex Crimes in Maryland
Many sexually related behaviors are criminalized in Maryland.
- Child pornography: Possession, production, and distribution of child pornography are serious offenses. Penalties can vary but may include imprisonment of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $25,000 for possession. Production and distribution may be punished by up to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $50,000.
- Child sex abuse: This includes a range of sexual behaviors that use children to create sexual gratification. Penalties may include incarceration for up to 25 years.
- Internet Sex Crimes: These crimes include solicitation of minors, possession or distribution of child pornography, and online enticement. The penalties depend on the severity of the alleged offense.
- Indecent Exposure: A conviction of this offense can carry up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Sexual Offenses (First to Fourth Degree):
- First Degree: Engaging in a sexual act involving force or the threat of force without the consent of the other person, punishable by up to life imprisonment.
- Second Degree: Engaging in a sexual act with another person without their consent by using force, threat, or other means carrying up to 20 years in prison.
- Third Degree: Engaging in sexual contact with another without their consent, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
- Fourth Degree: Engaging in sexual contact with another without their consent or engaging in a sexual act or sexual contact with a minor. Penalties range up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
- Rape (First and Second Degree):
- First Degree: Engaging in sexual intercourse involving force or the threat of force without the consent of the other person. It can carry up to a life sentence.
- Second Degree: Engaging in intercourse with another person without their consent by using force, threat, or other means. It is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
- Statutory Rape: In Maryland, it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16. Penalties can range from a few years to a life sentence, depending on the age difference between the defendant and the alleged victim.
- Sexual Solicitation of Minors: This crime involves soliciting a minor for sexual activity or exploiting a minor for sexual purposes. It is punishable by imprisonment and/or heavy fines.
Some sex crimes are prosecuted at the federal level, which often carries more severe penalties than state punishment. These can include offenses such as child pornography, other internet sex crimes, sex trafficking, and traveling to engage in any form of sexual activity with a minor.