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Sexual assault has very specific meanings

All sex-related criminal charges have very specific criteria that must be met in order for a person to face that specific criminal charge. Sexual assault isn't an exception to that point. If you are charged with sexual assault, you must make sure that you understand the specific points that pertain to this particular criminal charge.

One of the elements that must be present when you are charged with sexual assault is that the alleged victim must not have consented to the activity. This is often a big point in a criminal case because it often turns into a "he-said-she-said" matter. If there is any proof that you did have the other person's consent, this can be presented at trial as a way to discredit the prosecution's case.

Another element in these cases is that the assault must have been sexual in nature. This is another issue that can become an area of contention since there are some forms of contact that might be considered sexual to some but not to others. For example, a touch on the shoulder isn't likely going to be considered a sexual act to many, but some people might feel that it is sexual. If the touch on the shoulder is more of a massage, that is more likely to be considered sexual in nature.

It is crucial that you work on understanding all of the laws that apply to Maryland sexual assault cases. Many points of the law might apply to your case, but some might not. Knowing these points can help you to plan your defense.

Source: FindLaw, "Sexual Assault Overview," accessed April 01, 2016

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