There is no question that of all the crimes a person can be charged with in Maryland, rape is one of the most serious. When Maryland residents face these charges not only are they going to face determined and meticulous efforts on the part of the prosecution, but they will also likely be dealing with a significant, negative public perception, as sex-based crimes are among the worst that society has categorized.
So, what are the varying degrees of rape charges in Maryland? Well, the most significant is first-degree rape, which, if the accused is convicted, could result in a life sentence. First-degree rape charges include allegations of the use of weapons during the commission of the offense or that the attack resulted in serious injuries to the alleged victim.