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Rockville Sexual Offenses Lawyer

Those accused of sex offenses need an experienced, skilled lawyer to help minimize the potential sentences, or get their cases dropped.  Having successfully defended many cases involving sex crimes, attorney Marc Emden is ready to defend clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. 

To speak with Marc Emden about your situation, contact us right away.  I answer my phone 24 hours a day and I accept most major credit cards. 

Sex offenses include a wide range of crimes, ranging from prostitution to rape. If you or one of your family members is facing a sex-offense charge, it is crucial to retain the representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.  The penalties for a sex offense conviction can be serious and life-changing, but many defenses are available.  In addition to the possible publicity and notoriety that many accused individuals fear, a conviction can bring:

  • Years or decades of jail and prison time
  • A lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender
  • Difficulties obtaining employment and housing

 Contacting Marc Emden as soon as possible and before you speak to the police allows him to evaluate the evidence and determine the witnesses to be questioned.  He understands the concerns you face when charged with a sex crime, and can provide the dedicated, hands-on and compassionate representation you need and deserve.

MARC EMDEN IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR YOUR CALL.

Contact us or call the office at (301) 762-7007 for a consultation

If you’ve been accused of a sex crime, you still have rights.  Often, these charges are the result of false allegations.  Marc Emden believes that everyone, no matter the accusation, has the right to a rigorous and aggressive defense. Marc Emden defends those accused of all types of sex-related crimes, including:

  • First-degree rape and sexual assault
  • Statutory rape
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • Date rape
  • Child pornography charges
  • Indecency and obscenity
  • Sex offender registration violations

Types of Offenses

Sex offenses include various forms of illegal sexual activity, from rape, usually defined as sexual penetration without consent, to prostitution, usually defined as sex for hire. The more serious offenses involve the sexual assault of children or include physical injury. Other sex crimes include public indecency, voyeurism, prostitution, solicitation, pornography, date rape, lewd acts, pandering, pimping, statutory rape and unlawful sodomy.  Sexual assault can include unwanted physical contact with a sexual organ.  Sexual assault may also be charged as a result of aggressive sexually suggestive statements, without requiring physical contact.  Physical contact is considered unwanted if the victim refused, physically objected or was unable to give legal consent because of age or disability. It is not necessary to show that the accuser physically resisted.

Felony or Misdemeanor?

Sexual-abuse and sexual-assault crimes are usually felonies. Lesser offenses such as public indecency are often misdemeanors. The state’s attorney will decide whether to charge the offense as a felony or misdemeanor charge depending on the particular circumstances. A criminal defense lawyer, if retained early enough during the investigation, may be able to minimize the charges that you face.

Investigation

Most sex-offense acts have no outside witnesses, so often the strength of other evidence and the credibility of the parties will determine how the prosecutor proceeds.  Because there are often no other witnesses, false accusations can occur and it can be difficult to defend against such charges. If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a sex offense, the most important call you can make will be to Marc Emden so he can begin investigating your case and defending your rights ASAP.  Conviction of a sex offense can bring significant penalties and change your life forever. An aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney will help craft a vigorous defense considering the law and facts of your case and may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

Q:  What offenses are subject to Sex Offender Registration?
A:   Most sex offenses are now subject to registration of sex offender registry

Q: What is child sexual abuse?

A: Sexual abuse is any interaction between a child and an adult or older child in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer. Sexual abuse often involves direct physical contact, touching, kissing, fondling, rubbing, oral sex, or penetration of the vagina or anus. Sometimes a sex offender may receive gratification just by exposing himself to a child, or by observing or filming a child removing his or her clothes. Offenders often do not use physical force, but may use play, deception, threats, or other coercive methods to engage youngsters and maintain their silence.

Q:  Is public urination a sexual offense?
A: No. It is a crime against the public’s sensibilities

MARC EMDEN IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR YOUR CALL.

Contact us or call the office at (301) 762-7007 for a consultation
Please note that these answers should not be construed as legal advice in all situations. You should speak with an attorney before making any decisions about your legal matter.  These answers are intended only to provide general information.