Sex Crime Attorneys in Maryland

Very few allegations can damage your reputation and future as much as a charge involving a sexual offense. Charges are very often made by someone without any type of physical evidence to support the charge. These charges are pursued very aggressively by prosecutors for many reasons, including the heightened attention by the news media in recent years. It is imperative that you hire an aggressive, competent attorney who is highly experienced in handling these cases. Your future, your job, your family and your reputation are at stake.

Some of the most common sex crimes include rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, statutory rape, indecent exposure, incest, date rape, sexual harassment, child pornography and pedophilia, and prostitution.

Maryland criminal defense attorneys at McKenzie & Tehrani are not afraid to aggressively defend against sexual charges. Mr. Joseph C. McKenzie and Mr. Payman Tehrani know from experience that many times, allegations of sexual abuse are made up. They know what to look for and they know the defenses.

Contact our office to schedule a free and confidential consultation at 301-309-3669.

Handling Alleged Victims

Our lawyers know how to handle the alleged victims. Many sex crime charges are based upon false accusations, stemming from anger, revenge or jealousy. It is the job of an experienced criminal defense to prove these accusations are false and therefore protect his clients’ rights and future.

Rape

No means NO in today’s society. Rape is the non-consensual sexual intercourse that is achieved by the use of physical force, threat of injury, or other duress. If the alleged victim of a rape claims that there was a lack of consent due to the effects of drugs and/or alcohol, thereby preventing the alleged victim from saying no, a person can be charged with rape. Any time non-consensual intercourse occurs that is committed by the use of physical force, threat of injury or other duress, it is deemed to be rape. Thus, rape can occur between a boyfriend and a girlfriend who have an existing relationship. This is commonly referred to as “date rape”. A rape can occur even between a husband and wife. This is commonly referred to as “marital rape.”

Another form of rape is “statutory rape”. It is unlawful for an adult to engage in sexual intercourse with a person who is under age or under the age of consent. The age of consent is determined by law. Statutory rape is deemed to be a strict liability crime. Whether there was consent or not, is irrelevant.

The various forms of sexual assault that are prohibited in Maryland include:

  • Rape
    • First Degree – engaging in sexual intercourse with another without his or her consent by force, using weapons, strangling or inflicting serious physical injury, threatening with death, serious injury, or kidnapping, or committed with another’s help or during a burglary
    • Second Degree – engaging in vaginal intercourse with another 1) without his or her consent by force or threat, 2) with a mentally or physically incapacitated person (includes drunk, high, or unconscious) when the defendant knows of his or her condition, or 3) the victim is under 14 years old and the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim
  • Sexual Offense
    • First Degree – engaging in a sexual act (oral or anal sex, or any object or part of one’s body penetrates the genitals or anus for sexual gratification, but not vaginal intercourse – that’s above in rape) by force, threat, or without consent while displaying a weapon, suffocating or physically injuring the victim, or threatening the victim with death, disfigurement, or serious physical injury, or committed with another’s help or during a burglary
    • Second Degree – engaging in a sexual act with another by 1) force or without his or her consent, 2) with a mentally or physically incapacitated person (includes drunk, high, or unconscious) when the defendant should know of his or her condition, or 3) the victim is under 14 and the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim
    • Third Degree – includes any of the following:
      • engaging in sexual contact (intentionally touching the victim’s or defendant’s genital, anal, or other private parts for sexual gratification or abuse of either person) in any of the following situations:
        • Without consent while using a weapon, strangling or seriously injuring the victim, threatening the victim with death, serious injury, or kidnapping, or committed with another’s help OR
        • The victim is mentally or physically incapacitated (drunk or unconscious for example) and the defendant knows of his or her condition
        • The victim is under 14 years old and the defendant is at least 4 years older
        • Engaging in a sexual act (i.e. oral or anal sex) or vaginal sex with a 14 or 15 year old victim by a 21 year old or older defendant, AKA statutory rape
    • Fourth Degree – any of the following:
      • Engaging in sexual contact without the other’s consent
      • Engaging in a sexual act or vaginal sex with a 14 or 15 year old when the defendant is at least 4 years older
      • Engaging in a sexual act, sexual contact, or vaginal sex with a child under 18 who at the time of the sexual activity was a student enrolled in a school where the person was in a position of authority (i.e. a principal, coach, teacher, or counselor who’s at least 21 years old, employed by the school, and was in a supervisory position over the student)

Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If you are here, chances are you need an attorney to defend you or someone you know against a sex offense charge. Being charged with this type of crime has the potential of ruining your or your loved one’s life.

If you are convicted of a sex crime, you may be required to register as a sex offender, which can have a life-long negative effect on your personal and professional reputation. Furthermore, if you are convicted of a sex crime you may face jail time, probation, monetary fines, community service and psychological evaluation, in addition to the already damaging toll being taken on your professional and personal life.

McKenzie & Tehrani are committed to representing each client to the utmost of their vast abilities. If you are concerned that reputation, liberty, or life is at stake, contact us for a free and confidential consultation at 301-309-3669.