Sex crimes accusations, allegations and charges can be life-altering and devastating. Individuals accused of sex crimes face threats to their freedom, reputation and future. In addition to the potential consequences, penalties associated with sexual offenses are oftentimes severe. Individuals convicted of nearly all types of sexual offenses are required to register as sex offenders as part of the sex offender registry.
In Maryland, individuals convicted of a sex crime or sexual assault are almost always required to register as a sex offender. Depending on the severity of the crime the individual is convicted of, they may be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years to the rest of the life. Individuals that are required to register and fail to register, or keep their registration current, can face additional charges. Registration requirements can also impact the daily lives of registrants including their professional, personal and family lives.
Individuals accused of sex crimes face challenges associated with the criminal justice process but also challenges associated with the societal implications of sex crimes allegations. In addition to the criminal justice process, accused individuals may also face civil consequences as well through the civil legal process. When confronting criminal accusations, allegations and charges of sex offenses, it is important that accused individuals understand that criminal defense options are designed to protect all individuals accused of a crime.
A strong criminal defense strategy is necessary in many sex crimes situations. Sexual offenses that require a strong criminal defense response can include rape charges; statutory rape charges; sexual assault charges; child molestation or child abuse charges; and prostitution and solicitation charges. It is important that individuals accused of sex crimes are familiar with their rights and understand their legal options in light of the enormous implications of the charges they are facing.