Maryland residents who are accused of crimes have their work cut out for them. Prosecutors have the motivation and massive resources at their disposal to win a conviction. Still, it's important to remember that everyone accused of a crime is entitled to a defense. Experienced defense attorneys know how to examine evidence and all other pertinent pieces of information carefully in order to determine the best strategy to use in court.
Some of the most difficult cases for criminal defense involve accusations of sexual offenses, and especially when those offenses involve children. The penalties that go with conviction for these crimes are harsh, and as politicians pass new laws, they seem to get more severe all the time. Even relatively minor sex-related crimes can lead to severe penalties. Even a person who accidentally downloads child pornography from the Internet can face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for every photo. Even solicitation of a prostitute can carry a sentence that requires the convicted to register as a sex offender. Being listed on a sex offender registry can limit a person's prospects for work and housing for years to come.
Depending on the specific charges, sex crimes may be tried in either state or federal court. The type of court can have a big difference in terms of the penalties imposed and in terms of procedures and technicalities. It's important to have the help of a defense attorney who knows how to handle cases in the appropriate court.
What's more, because beating these charges is so difficult and because the consequences of a conviction are so severe, it's especially important for those accused of sex crimes to have the help of attorneys with experience defending people from sex crime charges. Our law firm has extensive experience with these very sensitive and difficult cases.