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Category Archives: Violent Crime


Maryland Violent Crimes: Sexual Offense In The 3rd/4th Degrees

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Sex-related offenses represent some of the most serious violent crimes under Maryland law. Within this domain, rape cases are treated with the most severity. But equally serious are sexual offense in the third and fourth degrees, which can result in confinement as well as criminal fines. Laws Against Sexual Offense in the Third Degree… Read More »

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Analyzing 3 Different Assault Crimes Under Maryland Law

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Assault is one of the most common violent crimes under the Maryland Code of Criminal Law. Though unlike other jurisdictions, Maryland uses the term Aassault@ to refer to the common law versions of assault, battery, and a combination of both offenses. At common law, assault occurs when a person intentionally creates a fear of… Read More »

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Maryland’s Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines for Violent Crimes

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Violent crime is an incredibly traumatic experience for victims and their loved ones. It can take years for physical and emotional scars to heal. And in the most extreme cases, the victim dies or suffers permanent damage. From medical bills to lost wages and even funeral expenses, the costs of violent crime can be… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Differentiate Between Rape in the Second and First Degrees?

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While all sexual offenses are violent crimes, rape is the most serious offense in this category. In general terms, rape occurs when a perpetrator uses force, or the threat of force, and engages in sexual conduct without the victim’s consent. In specific terms, there are two different categories of rape crimes in Maryland: Second… Read More »

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