Charges of sexual assault, including assault and unwanted contact involving minors, have been saturating the news lately. It's important to understand that when minors are the alleged victims, the criminal charges may be much more serious than if the victim is an adult. Any sexual assault conviction can result in prison time, sex offender registration and/or significant fines, regardless of the circumstances.
The age of an alleged victim and perpetrator that turn sexual contact into statutory rape vary by state. Under Maryland law, statutory rape is defined as someone who is at least 21 years old engaging in sex with another person who is 15 years old or younger.
At the Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter, we understand that a statutory rape charge and resulting criminal case can be emotionally charged. However, it's essential for the court to look at the facts behind the charge and the facts of the contact between the alleged victim and perpetrator.
That requires an experienced Maryland statutory rape attorney who can mount a strong defense or work towards a plea deal that will minimize the impact on the life of the person who is accused of statutory rape.
We at the Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter work to mitigate the consequences of a statutory rape charge and the impact that it can have on a person's life, freedom and reputation. If you or someone you love is facing a charge of statutory rape, it's imperative that you take it seriously, whether you believe that the charge has merit or not, because the law takes it very seriously. For more information on our firm and our services, please review our website.