Maryland Criminal Lawyers

Maryland Criminal Lawyers

Christian v. State

Facts:

The defendant challenged a judgment of the Circuit Court in Frederick (Maryland), which convicted him under an indictment charging criminal assault with intent to commit an unnatural sexual act. No question was raised as to the sufficiency of the indictment and it was conceded that the charge consisted of simple assault.

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Holdings:

The Maryland Court made the following holding:
  • The modern statutes dealing with juvenile delinquents and with adults who contribute to their delinquency have established the public policy of this state as making the consent of a child subject to those laws unavailable as a defense to a charge of assault.
  • Criminal assault which tends to bring about a breach of the public peace is treated as a crime against the public generally, and therefore the consent of the victim is no defense. On the other hand, a criminal assault which is not accompanied by the threat of serious hurt or breach of the public peace is treated as a crime against the person, and the consent of the person assaulted is held to be a good defense, since the absence of consent is an essential element of the offense.

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Disclaimer:

These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.