What is Considered First Degree Rape In Maryland?
Baltimore criminal defense attorneys Attorney Eric T. Kirk knows that the definitions that the legislature has assigned to various conduct can make a huge difference in the sanctions and penalties assessed upon conviction. When it comes to the elements of a crime, the precise language, and whether or not the alleged conduct of the defendant falls within that language, can make the difference between conviction and acquittal.
Rape is forcible vaginal intercourse without consent.
The presence of a weapon or serious physical harm, or the fear of a weapon or serious physical harm, make the crime rape in the first degree. If the rape occurs in connection with a burglary, or with an accomplice, it is first degree rape, which can get you life without parole.