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§ 3-304. Rape in the second degree

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: October 1, 2017

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 3. Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 3. Sexual Crimes (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2017
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-304
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 463
§ 3-304. Rape in the second degree
Prohibited--In general
(a) A person may not engage in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with another:
(1) by force, or the threat of force, without the consent of the other;
(2) if the victim is a substantially cognitively impaired individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual, and the person performing the act knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a substantially cognitively impaired individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual; or
(3) if the victim is under the age of 14 years, and the person performing the act is at least 4 years older than the victim.
Prohibited--Children under age 13
(b) A person 18 years of age or older may not violate subsection (a)(1) or (2) of this section involving a child under the age of 13 years.
Penalty
(c)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person who violates subsection (a) of this section is guilty of the felony of rape in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.
(2)(i) Subject to subparagraph (iv) of this paragraph, a person 18 years of age or older who violates subsection (b) of this section is guilty of the felony of rape in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment for not less than 15 years and not exceeding life.
(ii) A court may not suspend any part of the mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.
(iii) The person is not eligible for parole during the mandatory minimum sentence.
(iv) If the State fails to comply with subsection (d) of this section, the mandatory minimum sentence shall not apply.
Required notice
(d) If the State intends to seek a sentence of imprisonment for not less than 15 years under subsection (c)(2) of this section, the State shall notify the person in writing of the State's intention at least 30 days before trial.

Credits

Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2006, 1st Sp. Sess., c. 4, § 1, eff. June 22, 2006; Acts 2007, c. 494, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2007; Acts 2007, c. 495, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2007; Acts 2010, c. 174, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010; Acts 2010, c. 175, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010; Acts 2010, c. 180, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010; Acts 2010, c. 181, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010; Acts 2013, c. 43, § 1, eff. April 9, 2013; Acts 2016, c. 633, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2016; Acts 2017, c. 161, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017; Acts 2017, c. 162, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017.
Formerly Art. 27, § 463.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-304, MD CRIM LAW § 3-304
Current with all legislation from the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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