Accusations and charges of sex crimes can be life-altering for those accused of them. It is important to keep in mind that regardless of the crime the accused individual has been charged with, they have the right to all of the criminal defense protections available to them through the criminal justice system and the protections included in the Constitution.
Sex crimes charges can refer to a variety of different criminal charges, including: rape charges; statutory rape charges; sexual assault charges; child molestation and abuse charges; and prostitution and solicitation charges. The penalties and consequences associated with sex crimes charges can be particularly severe and a conviction for sex crime charges usually requires registration as a sex offender, which can carry additional potential penalties and consequences for violations of registration requirements in addition to the stigma associated with the charges and registration itself.
In Maryland, most accused individuals who have been convicted of sexual assault or a sex crime are required to register as a sex offender for 15 years, or even up to their entire lifetime. The length of time the accused individual is required to register depends on the severity of the sex crime they are convicted of. The registration requirement can have a significant impact on the personal and professional lives of the accused individual and can impact their employment and housing situation. Failing to abide by all registration requirements can result in additional criminal charges.
There are extensive penalties and consequences associated with sex crime charges that can last a lifetime. Because so much is on the line when an individual has been accused of committing a sex crime, it is essential for them to understand their criminal defense rights and options following being charged with committing a sex crime.