Sex offense convictions are punished in a uniquely painful and shaming way. You are required to register in a sex offender. In addition to prison time or probation, you must submit to the public shaming of being on a list of dangerous persons. Anyone who wants to can obtain this list. If you move or change jobs, you must let people know about the change. You cannot move to another state and disappear.
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Maryland Sex Offender Help and Support
Many, indeed virtually all, people who are convicted with one of these offenses are required to register as a sex offender. The statute controlling sexual offender registry is complicated and, in recent years, has been amended several times. I have recently been retained by 3 separate clients who have had their Sexual Offender Registration Requirements retroactively changed as a result of these amendments. One was not required to register at all as a result of his conviction but is now being told he must, and two others who have had their registration terms changed from 10 years to life. We believe that these changes are in clear violation of the Ex post Facto Clause contained in Article 17 of the Maryland Declaration of Rights. We are filing what is called a Declaratory Judgment action in the Circuit Court in each one of these cases to request that the court issue and Order to the Department of Public Safety to remove these individuals from registry. Here is a brief synopsis of the law:.
Criticism and Changes to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry
A sex offender registry is essentially a database of information about convicted sex offenders that is maintained by law enforcement to monitor and track sex offenders in the community. However, the public also has access to the registry through sex offender websites. Each state has its own registry. Maryland enacted its statewide sex offender registry in
This process can prove difficult for some individuals to accurately comprehend, but failure to comply can lead to even more legal troubles. My name is Gill Andrew Cochran, and I aggressively advocate for my clients, helping them to stay in compliance and gain removal from the list when appropriate. When you turn to Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, you receive effective representation from an experienced Annapolis criminal defense attorney. The state of Maryland separates its sex offender registry into three tiers that determine how long an individual must remain on the list. They break down as follows:.