Sex Offender Registry in Maryland

As of January 2017, there were approximately 7,000 registrants on the sex offender registry. Of the 7,000 registrants on the list, approximately 2,300 were under community supervision.

Do you have concerns about your current or pending listing with the Maryland sex offender registry? In some cases, it is possible to remove your name from the listing or avoid registration as a Maryland sex offender altogether. Sex Offender Registration can last for 10 years or life (depending on the charge) and can lead to:

  • Housing issues
  • Retribution and humiliation at work and in your neighborhood
  • Employment challenges

As a criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, MD, I have helped hundreds of clients avoid the need to register as a Maryland sex offender by:

  • Preventing a conviction for a sex offense
  • Working to alter, modify or reduce criminal charges
  • Having charges dismissed

Removal from the Maryland sex offender registry is often more difficult. However, it is possible in some instances. If you need more information regarding Maryland sex crimes attorney criminal defense or removal from the Maryland sex offender registry, contact my office for a free consultation.


Maryland’s Sex Offender Registry

Have you been charged with rape or another sex crime? Have you been labeled a sexual predator? Are you already listed on the sex offender registry and would like more information on possibly having your name removed? Contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. at 443-709-9999.

Convicted sex offenders are placed on the sex offender registry by the county sheriff’s office once their probation has ended. Removal from the sex offender registry involves the filing of numerous and lengthy appeals. Don’t risk your future by trying to handle this process yourself.

The consequences of a child pornography conviction of any type, from possession to distribution to creation, are devastating. Aside from the criminal penalties, there are societal consequences impacting work, family, friends – even the ability to be around children under 18.

A huge consequence of any child pornography conviction is the requirement to register as a sexual offender in Maryland. Prior to 1995, Maryland didn’t have any type of registration. But then state lawmakers created the Maryland Sexual Offender Advisory Board, which in turn created sex registration, in which there are three tiers:

  • Tier I – This tier requires 15 years of registration.
  • Tier II – This tier requires 25 years of registration.
  • Tier III – This tier requires lifetime registration.

Of course, it’s not simply registration that’s the problem. The person must have their photograph taken, sometimes every 90 days, and report on a regular basis to local law enforcement. The photograph and personal information is then put on the sex registry for everyone to see. This affects someone’s potential job or someone’s employment, lifestyle, and even where they can live. It also puts one in a situation where the Parole Office or Probation Office has almost unlimited ability to invade your privacy and come into your home and search things as often as they wish.

Other probationary requirements include reporting to Probation and Parole to have various sexual deviancy evaluations completed and polygraphs to determine whether or not the person is searching for and viewing pornography online – also, sometimes, this will lead to a complete bar to Internet access for life.

These are devastating consequences that may stem from a silly or inadvertent act, not necessarily known or realized by the person who was accused.

Often people come to me asking if they can be removed from the sex registry. Sometimes we can help make that happen. But it’s extremely important that a person takes action at the time they’re being investigated or charged for child pornography. Many of my open files are merely at the investigation stage, which is the point before the person has actually been charged with a crime. The earlier you can get a defense attorney who knows what they’re doing regarding these cases, the better chance of a positive outcome.

Many of my open files are merely at the investigation stage, which is the point before the person has actually been charged with a crime. The earlier you can get a defense attorney who knows what they’re doing regarding these cases, the better chance of a positive outcome.


Problems with Maryland’s Sex Offender Registry

The government has taken the position that a person has little or no basic constitutional grounds to fight against being placed on the sex registry. The courts have viewed the sex registry not as punishment but as a remedial measure; as such, courts have said that there is little or no remedy for being put on it, though there was a recent landmark case in 2013 ( John Doe vs. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services) which held that a man had a constitutional right to not be placed on the registry for a sex crime that took place years ago, before the registry requirement existed. But although the Maryland Court of Appeals found in favor of the individual in that situation there are many fights left in the courts to determine what types of rights one has while on the registry.

The courts have viewed the sex registry not as punishment but as a remedial measure; as such, courts have said that there is little or no remedy for being put on it, though there was a recent landmark case in 2013 ( John Doe vs. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services) which held that a man had a constitutional right to not be placed on the registry for a sex crime that took place years ago, before the registry requirement existed.

But although the Maryland Court of Appeals found in favor of the individual in that situation there are many fights left in the courts to determine what types of rights one has while on the registry.

One of the most difficult things to navigate is the continued requirement to jump through hoops and avoid mistakes in order to comply with the registry laws. If you fail to do any acts or take any action that’s required of you, you could be charged with a separate crime for violation and noncompliance with the sex registry requirements. This has an extremely

This has an extremely high-stress level component and many people find themselves “defeated” based upon the simple fact that they have to register.

It’s also true that a person convicted of a lesser sex offense (like a third or fourth-degree offense) may find themselves right next to someone – as you scroll through the registry online – who has been deemed a sexual predator and has committed rape. It’s my belief that as the system evolves we’ll see more detail and categorization of sex crimes, but it still speaks volumes that many government officials and prosecutors believe that anyone who has committed any sex offense gets lumped into one big basket despite the fact that the crimes may be completely and totally different under the circumstances.

If you were placed on a sex registry it’s extremely important that you have an experienced lawyer evaluate your circumstances to determine whether or not you can possibly have your term reduced or be removed altogether. There are many factors, including out-of-state convictions and misappropriated tier levels.

The possible remedies could be convincing the Sex Offender Registration Board to make the tier level change or file a declaratory action in the Circuit Court where the original conviction took place, asking that the court make certain changes.


Attorneys for Sexual Predator Crimes in Baltimore, Maryland

If you have sex offender registration law legal questions in Maryland, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford Jr. I offer free initial consultations, accept credit cards and contract with interpreters if necessary.

Our attorneys represent clients charged with serious sexually motivated crimes in the city and county of Baltimore and the surrounding areas throughout the State of Maryland.

Also, I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operate four offices for your convenience, including my main office in Baltimore as well as offices in Catonsville, Annapolis and Bel Air. To contact me, call 443-709-9999.