Sex Offender Registry Removal
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As soon as a person who has been convicted of a sex crime leaves the custody of the corrections department, and resumes private life, he or she is required to register with the local county law enforcement, or the agency affiliated with parole and probation. The individual is required to provide his or her name and address and keep that information updated whenever he or she relocates. A person who is on the sex offender registry might expect random home visits to monitor his or her whereabouts, and to make sure that he or she is not in contact with people with whom he or she is forbidden to be in contact. This is a challenging burden for someone who feels as if he or she has paid his or her debt to society after having served time in jail or on probation.
In some cases, it is possible to get your name removed from the Maryland sex offender registry. If your name is on the Maryland sex offender registry and you would like to try to get it removed so that you can get on with your life, contact the sex crimes defense lawyers at Carey Law Firm right away. You are welcome to schedule a confidential consultation so that we can discuss your case. Put our experience to work on your behalf.
What is the Maryland sex offender registry?
The Maryland sex offender registry is a database with information about individuals who have been convicted of various types of sexual crimes. This database is published on the internet and the information is freely available to law enforcement and the public. Information about a registrant is available by looking up his or her name or zip code.
Sex offenders are required to register, or they face penalties. The length of time a person’s name is listed on the registry depends on the type of crime committed. There are three tiers within the registry:
- Tier one: Crime convictions for tier one includes possession of child pornography, sex trafficking, and fourth-degree sexual offenses. Tier one requires 15 years on the registry.
- Tier two: Conviction of distribution of child pornography and some third-degree sexual offenses requires registration on tier two, which is 25 years.
- Tier three: Registration for tier three on the registry is for the most violent sex crimes such as rape, sexual abuse of a minor, and certain first, second, or third-degree sexual offenses.
What information does the Maryland sex offender registry share with the public?
The sex offender registry provides the following information to the public including:
- A photograph of the individual
- Place of employment
- School if applicable
- The nature of the criminal charges
- Status (i.e. absconder, compliant, non-compliant, out of state, incarcerated)
- Age and date of birth
- Email address
Each state maintains its own sex offender registry, which is an online database with information that is available to law enforcement and to the public. Typically, to get information about who in their neighborhood might be on the sex offender registry, people would have to go to the sex offender registry website and look up their location using the offender’s name or a zip code. Now, a website called Offender Watch, is making it much easier for the public to remain informed about changes to their local sex offender registry by providing push notifications when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood, and a “safe virtual neighborhood” app, which pushes notifications if a registered sex offender communicates with that person’s child on digital platforms.
Jurisdictions in Maryland participating in Offender Watch
Sherriff’s departments in:
- Cecil County
- Charles County
- Frederick County
- Harford County
- Somerset County
- Wicomico County
The Montgomery County Police Department
What is the penalty for failing to register?
The penalty for failing to register as a sex offender or failing to update your registration if you move is a misdemeanor, a possible three-year prison sentence and/or a $5,000 fine. It is the individual’s responsibility to know what he or she is required to report and when.
Removing your name from the registry
Getting a name removed from the sex offender registry is difficult in Maryland. If the person has died, then the name and information will be removed. The only other ways to be removed is to receive a pardon, or to have your record of conviction expunged from your criminal record.
Why you need a defense lawyer with experience in sex crimes cases
If you are facing criminal charges, working with an experienced Bowie criminal defense lawyer can be helpful because he or she may be able to negotiate the charges, which would result in a tier I or tier II listing as opposed to a tier III.
Learn more about removal from Maryland’s sex crime registry
An experienced Bowie sex offender attorney from Carey Law Office in Bowie and Crofton can guide you through the process of getting your name removed from the list. For almost four decades, we have served the legal needs of our community. You may call 301-464-2500 or fill out this contact form to learn more about our services now.