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The following is a list of statutes that may assist survivors. Links are to the most recent legislations.

CODE OF MARYLAND

Criminal Law

TITLE 3. OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON

SUBTITLE 3 – SEXUAL CRIMES

§ 3-301. Definitions.

§ 3-302. Definitions.

§ 3-303. Rape in the first degree.

§ 3-304. Rape in the second degree.

§ 3-307. Sexual offense in the third degree.

§ 3-308. Sexual offense in the fourth degree.

§ 3-309. Attempted rape in the first degree.

§ 3-310. Attempted rape in the second degree.

§ 3-313. Subsequent Sexual Offenders.

§ 3-314. Sexual conduct between correctional or juvenile justice employee and inmate or confined child.

§ 3-315. Continuing course of conduct with child.

§ 3-316. Rape and sexual offense – Venue.

§ 3-317. Charging document.

§ 3-318. Spousal defense.

§ 3-319.  Rape and Sexual Offense—Admissibility of Evidence

§3-319.1. Evidence of Physical Resistance Not Required.

§ 3-320. Jury instructions.

§ 3-321. Sodomy.

§ 3-322. Unnatural or perverted sexual practice.

§ 3-323. Incest.

§ 3-324. Sexual solicitation of minors.

§ 3-325. Use of Personal Identifying Information to Invite, Encourage, or Solicit Another to Commit Sexual Crime.

SUBTITLE 6 – Abuse and Other Offensive Conduct

§ 3-601. Definitions

§3–601.1. Crimes of Violence in Presence of Minor.

§ 3-602. Sexual abuse of a minor.

§3–602.1. Neglect of Minor by Persons with Responsibility of Care Prohibited.

§3–602.2. Failure to Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect of Child.

§ 3-603. Sale of minor.

§ 3-604. Abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult in the first degree.

§ 3-605. Abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult in the second degree.

§ 3-606. Abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult–Investigation.

§ 3-607. Hazing.

SUBTITLE 7 – Extortion and Other Threats

§ 3-709. Sextortion and Revenge Porn.

SUBTITLE 8 – Stalking and Harassment

§ 3-801. “Course of Conduct” defined.

§ 3-802. Stalking.

§ 3-803. Harassment.

§ 3-804. Misuse of telephone facilities and equipment.

§ 3-805 & §3–805.1. Misuse of electronic mail.

§ 3-809. Revenge Porn Prohibited.

SUBTITLE 11 – Human Trafficking

§ 3-1101. Definitions.

§ 3-1102. Human Trafficking.

§ 3-1103. Marriage Trafficking.

SUBTITLE 12 – Labor Trafficking

§ 3-1201. Definitions.

§ 3-1202. Labor Trafficking Prohibited.

§ 3-1203. Investigation and Prosecution of Violations.

TITLE 5. CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES, PRESCRIPTIONS, & OTHER SUBSTANCES

SUBTITLE 6 – Crimes Involving Controlled Dangerous Substances and Paraphernalia

§ 5-624. Drug-induced conduct.

TITLE 11. INDECENCY AND OBSCENITY

SUBTITLE 1 – Adult Sexual Displays and Related Crimes

§ 11-101. Definitions.

§ 11-102. Adult sexual displays- Selling or offering to sell to minor.

§ 11-103. Adult sexual displays-Exhibition to minors.

§ 11-104. Adult sexual displays- Allowing minors to enter or remain on the premises.

§ 11-104.1. Adult Sexual Displays—Allowing Minors to Enter or Remain on Premises;  Harford and Cecil Counties.

§ 11-105. Adult sexual displays- Displaying or allowing display for advertising purposes.

§ 11-106. Adult sexual displays- Presumptions.

§ 11-107. Indecent exposure.

SUBTITLE 2- Obscene Matter

§ 11-201. Definitions.

§ 11-202. Obscene matter- Distribution, exhibition, importation, and publication.

§ 11-203. Sale or display of obscene item to minor.

§ 11-204. Obscene performance in certain counties.

§ 11-205. Obscene matter- Advertising.

§ 11-206. Obscene matter- Requiring acceptance.

§ 11-207. Child pornography.

§ 11-208. Possession of visual representation of child under 16 engaged in certain sexual acts.

§ 11-208.1. Removal of child pornography from the Internet.

§ 11-209. Hiring a minor for prohibited purpose.

§ 11-210. Exemption from subtitle.

§ 11-211. Destruction of obscene matter under court order.

SUBTITLE 3 – Prostitution and Related Crimes

§ 11-301. Definitions.

§ 11-302. Effect of subtitle on other laws .

§ 11-303. Engaging in Prostitution.

§ 11-304. Receiving earnings of prostitute.

§ 11-305. Persuasion, Enticement, or Aid in Persuasion or Enticement of Individuals Under Age of 16.

§ 11-306. Solicit or Offer to Procure or Solicit Prostitution.

§ 11-307. House of Prostitution

TITLE 14. GENERAL SENTENCING PROVISIONS

SUBTITLE 1 – Sentencing

§ 14-101. Mandatory Sentences for Crimes of Violence.

Criminal Procedure

TITLE 11. VICTIMS & WITNESSES

SUBTITLE 2 – Pretrial Rights

§ 11–205. Privacy of Crime Victim Information.

SUBTITLE 9 – Victims and Witnesses – Services

§ 11–922. Sexual Assault Defined.

§ 11–923. Sexual Assault Crisis Programs.

§ 11–924. Transportation of Alleged Sexual Assault Victims to Designated Facilities.

§ 11–925. Health Care Services.

§ 11–926. Information Obtained from Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Exam.

§ 11–927. Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee.

§ 11–928. Child Advocacy Centers.

§ 11–929. Waiver of Victim's Right Prohibited.

Part IV. Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

§ 11–930. Definitions.

§ 11–931. Certification of Victim Helpfulness.

SUBTITLE 10 – Treatment and Help

§ 11–1002. Guidelines for Treatment of Crime Victims, Victim's Representatives, or Witnesses.

§ 11–1007. Reimbursement for treatment of a victim of an alleged rape or sexual offense or a victim of alleged child sexual abuse.

Education

TITLE 11. MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION

Subtitle 6 - Sexual Assault Policy

§ 11-601. Written policies on sexual assaults required.

Family Law

TITLE 4. SPOUSES

SUBTITLE 5 – Domestic Violence

Part I. Definitions; General Provisions

§ 4-501. Definitions.

Part II. Household Violence (Protective Order Statutes)

§ 4-504. Petition for Relief from Abuse.

§ 4-504.1. Interim Protective Orders.

§ 4-505. Temporary Protective Orders.

§ 4-506. Final Protective Orders.

§ 4-506.1. Surrender of Firearm.

§ 4-507. Modification or Rescission of Protective Orders;  Appeal.

§ 4-508. Penalties for Violations of Orders.

§ 4-508.1. Protective Orders Issued by Foreign Courts.

§ 4-509. Penalties.

§ 4-510. Non-Exclusive Remedy.

§ 4-511. Removal of Firearm.

§ 4-512. Requests to Shield Court Records.

§ 4-512.1. Domestic Violence Central Repository.

TITLE 7. DIVORCE

§ 7-102. Limited Divorce.

§ 7-103. Absolute Divorce.

TITLE 9. CHILD CUSTODY & VISITATION

SUBTITLE 1 – In General

§ 9-101. Rejection of Custody or Visitation if Abuse Likely.

§ 9-101.1. Evidence of Abuse Considered.

§ 9-101.2. Parents Guilty of Murder.

§ 9-103. Petition by Child to Change Custody.

§ 9-104. Access to Records;  Noncustodial Parent.

§ 9-105. Unjustified Denial or Interference with Visitation.

§ 9-106. Notice of Intent to Relocate.

SUBTITLE 3 – Removal of Child from State; Child Abduction

§ 9-306. Clear and Present Danger to Child.

TITLE 11. Alimony

§ 11-106. Amount of Award; Duration.

§ 11-110. Order to Pay Reasonable and Necessary Expenses.

Court & Judicial Proceedings

TITLE 3. COURT OF GENERAL JURISDICTION- JURISDICTION/SPECIAL CAUSES OF ACTION

SUBTITLE 8a – Juvenile Causes

§ 3-8a-35. Sexting as Mitigating Factor.

SUBTITLE 15 – Peace Orders

§ 3-1501. Definitions.

§ 3-1502. Pursuit of Other Legal Remedies.

§ 3-1503. Petitions.

§ 3-1503.1. Interim Peace Orders.

§ 3-1504. Temporary Peace Orders.

§ 3-1505. Final Peace Orders.

§ 3-1506. Modifications or Rescission of Peace Order.

§ 3-1507. Statement of Penalties.

§ 3-1508. Failure to Comply with Temporary or Final Peace Orders.

§ 3-1509. Rules and Forms.

§ 3-1510. Requests to Shield Court Records.

SUBTITLE 22 – Change of Name

§ 3-2201. Waiver of Publication Requirement Under Maryland Rule 15-901.

Maryland State Government

TITLE 20. HUMAN RELATIONS

SUBTITLE 6 – Discrimination in Employment

§ 20-606. Unlawful Employment Practices.

§ 20-611. Workplace Harassment Employer’s Liability.


FEDERAL REGULATIONS

IMMIGRATION

8 C.F.R. Part 214 – U Nonimmigrant Classes

§ 214.1. Requirements for admission, extension, and maintenance of status.

§ 214.2. Special requirements for admission, extension, and maintenance of status.

§ 214.3. Approval of schools for enrollment of F and M nonimmigrants.

§ 214.4. Denial of certification, denial of recertification, or withdrawal of SEVP certification.

§ 214.5. Libyan and third country nationals acting on behalf of Libyan entities.

§ 214.6. Citizens of Canada or Mexico seeking temporary entry under NAFTA to engage in business activities at a professional level.

§ 214.7. Habitual residence in the territories and possessions of the United States and consequences thereof.

§ 214.11. Alien victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons.

§ 214.12. Preliminary enrollment of schools in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

§ 214.13. SEVIS fee for certain F, J, and M nonimmigrants.

§ 214.14. Alien victims of certain qualifying criminal activity.

§ 214.15. Certain spouses and children of lawful permanent residents.

Family Violence Option

45 C.F.R. Part 260 (TANF) Subpart B – What Special Provisions Apply to Victims of Domestic Violence?

§260.50. What is the purpose of this subpart?

§260.51. What definitions apply to this subpart?

§260.52. What are the basic provisions of the Family Violence Option (FVO)?

§260.54. Do States have flexibility to grant good cause domestic violence waivers?

§260.55. What are the additional requirements for Federal recognition of good cause domestic violence waivers?

§260.58. What penalty relief is available to a State whose failure to meet the work participation rates is attributable to providing federally recognized good cause domestic violence waivers?

§260.59. What penalty relief is available to a State that failed to comply with the five-year limit on Federal assistance because it provided federally recognized good cause domestic violence waivers?


 

Annapolis State House

MARYLAND REGULATIONS

COMAR Regulations on Rape and Sexual Offenses- Physician and Hospital Charges

COMAR Regulations on Rape Crisis Centers and DV and Crime Victim Services Programs

COMAR Forensic Nurse Examiner Certification Requirements