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Rape Maryland

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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 Maryland

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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.

Newton v. State

Facts:

A jury convicted defendant of robbery and rape. The Circuit Court for Baltimore City (Maryland) imposed consecutive sentences for each conviction. Defendant appealed.

Holdings:

The Maryland Court made the following holding:
  • A criminal defendant’s right to a public trial is not absolute. In some circumstances, a trial court can close the courtroom in order to maintain order, to preserve the dignity of the court, and to meet the State’s interests in safeguarding witnesses and protecting confidentiality. Such circumstances will be rare, however, and the balance of interests must be struck with special care.
  • Plain error is error which vitally affects a defendant’s right to a fair and impartial trial. Appellate courts will exercise their discretion to review an unpreserved error under the plain error doctrine only when the unobjected to error is compelling, extraordinary, exceptional or fundamental to assure the defendant a fair trial. Appellate review under the plain error doctrine (1) always has been; (2) still is; and (3) will continue to be a rare, rare phenomenon.

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 Maryland

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.