Maryland Laws/Definitions of SA

Rape in the first degree is defined as nonconsensual sex with use of force. It often involves:

  • Threats

  • Use of a weapon

  • Causes bodily harm towards the victim

  • In relation to a burglary

  • Typically punished by imprisonment

Rape in the second degree is defined as nonconsensual sex that involves:

  • Use of force or coercing

  • Inability to consent (mentally incapacitated)

  • Imprisonment not exceeding 20 years



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