Charges of child sex abuse are incredibly emotionally charged. Public outcry pressures prosecutors to quickly name a defendant and attack aggressively. If the prosecution has their eye on you, everything is at stake: your reputation, your job, your freedom, and your relationships. In the event you are charged with sex crimes against a minor, the best thing you can do is keep quiet and call the Columbia child sex abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA.
A number of charges are possible in this arena, including attempted sexual abuse, rape, sodomy, solicitation of a minor, child kidnapping or abduction, child pornography, and human trafficking. These are grave charges, with severe penalties.
The legal consequences associated with convictions for sex crimes against children increase with the severity of the charge. Maximum penalties are also increased in the event there are previous convictions. And notably, any conviction will require you to register as a sex offender here in Maryland for anywhere from 15 years to life. Although there are many circumstances under which charges may be filed, we include a brief example of several possibilities:
|Degree & Statute||Example||Offense||Maximum Penalty|
|4th Degree 3-308||Sexual acts with a 14-15 year old when the defendant is 4 or more years older||Misdemeanor||1 year imprisonment + $1,000 fine|
|3rd Degree 3-307||Unwanted sexual contact in conjunction with weapons or threats of harm||Felony||10 years imprisonment|
|2nd Degree 3-304, 3-306||Unwanted sexual acts involving someone under age 13 with someone over age 18||Felony||Life in prison|
|1st Degree 3-303, 3-305||Rape of a kidnapped child||Felony||Life in prison without parole|
Society reacts with passion when children are perceived to be at risk. But in this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Defending against these charges requires extreme finesse, coupled with the forceful application of legal principles. You need and deserve a legal team that is experienced with this type of litigation and the emotional triggers such cases have for jurors.
At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, you will get professional, adept treatment from day one. You can count on us for the following:
The sooner you have the dedicated team at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA working on your behalf, the better. We never settle for less than the best possible outcomes for our clients. For a confidential consultation, contact our Howard County child sex abuse lawyers at 410-766-0113 today.
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