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Rape Defense

Concerned about the penalty for rape charge in Maryland; – Call our Maryland Lawyers who defend criminal charges in the state of Maryland.

According to Md. Criminal Law Code Ann. § 3-303-Rape in the first degree

“ (a)  Prohibited. —  A person may not:

(1)  engage in vaginal intercourse with another by force, or the threat of force, without the consent of the other; and

(2)

(i)  employ or display a dangerous weapon, or a physical object that the victim reasonably believes is a dangerous weapon;

(ii)  suffocate, strangle, disfigure, or inflict serious physical injury on the victim or another in the course of committing the crime;

(iii)  threaten, or place the victim in fear, that the victim, or an individual known to the victim, imminently will be subject to death, suffocation, strangulation, disfigurement, serious physical injury, or kidnapping;

(iv)  commit the crime while aided and abetted by another; or

(v)  commit the crime in connection with a burglary in the first, second, or third degree.

(b)  Violation of § 3-503(a)(2) of this title. —  A person may not violate subsection (a) of this section while also violating § 3-503(a)(2) of this title involving a victim who is a child under the age of 16 years.

(c)  Age considerations. —  A person 18 years of age or older may not violate subsection (a) of this section involving a victim who is a child under the age of 13 years.

(d)  Penalties. —

(1)  Except as provided in paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) of this subsection, a person who violates subsection (a) of this section is guilty of the felony of rape in the first degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding life…”

If you are facing a criminal case of rape charges in Maryland and you are wondering what the penalty is in Maryland, contact a SRIS Law Group lawyer for help.  You can reach us at 888-437-7747

Rape Defense

We have client meeting locations in Montgomery County (Rockville) and Baltimore.

Contact our law firm today to speak with a lawyer today. An attorney from our firm will do his best to help you.

Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you with this matter.  We will do our absolute best to help you get the best result possible based on the facts of your case.

Below is a sample case of rape in Maryland.

Blue v. State

Facts:

After the trial court granted defendant postconviction relief by vacating his first degree premeditated murder conviction and leaving his convictions for felony murder and first degree rape in place, the Court of Special Appeals (Maryland) reversed and reinstated the first degree murder conviction, defendant and the State appealed.

Holdings:

The Maryland Court made the following holding:
  • Determining whether a principle of law qualifies as “not previously recognized,” for purposes of Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 7-106(c)(2)(i) (2008), is a question best answered by examining the legal landscape before and after issuance of the decision setting forth the legal principle at issue. If a rule does not squarely amend a prior rule, but merely clarifies it or comments on dicta associated with it, then it will not qualify as “not previously recognized.”
  • It is constitutionally permissible to require a defendant to prove his or her lack of criminal responsibility, as long as the State retains the burden of proof on all elements of a crime, including the mens rea element.

If you are concerned about the punishment for rape charges in Maryland, contact our law firm immediately for help.

We have client meeting locations in Montgomery County (Rockville) and Baltimore.

Rape Defense

Contact our law firm today to speak with a lawyer today. An attorney from our firm will do his best to help you.

Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you with this matter.  We will do our absolute best to help you get the best result possible based on the facts of your case.