About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Criminal Law
(a)   In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Assault” means the crimes of assault, battery, and assault and battery, which retain their judicially determined meanings.
(c)    (1)   “Law enforcement officer” has the meaning stated in § 3–101(e)(1) of the Public Safety Article without application of § 3–101(e)(2).
(2)   “Law enforcement officer” includes:
(i)   a correctional officer at a correctional facility; and
(ii)   an officer employed by the WMATA Metro Transit Police, subject to the jurisdictional limitations under Article XVI, § 76 of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Compact, which is codified in § 10–204 of the Transportation Article.
(d)   “Serious physical injury” means physical injury that:
(1)   creates a substantial risk of death; or
(2)   causes permanent or protracted serious:
(i)   disfigurement;
(ii)   loss of the function of any bodily member or organ; or
(iii)   impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.