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Sex offender registry basics in Maryland

| Jul 23, 2020 | sex crimes |

There are many unwanted consequences that can stem from sex crimes charges. One potential consequence is the requirement to register with a second offender registry which is something individuals accused of sex crimes should be familiar with.

Each state maintains a sex offender registry to monitor those convicted of sex crimes in their state. In Maryland, the sex offender registry is broken down into three tiers with registration requirements associated with sex crimes that fall under each of the three tiers. For tier three sex crimes, which includes rape offenses among other sex offenses, individuals convicted of a tier three sex crime are required to register with the sex offender registry every three months for the rest of their lives.

There are two additional tiers as part of Maryland’s sex offender registry. For tier two sex crimes, which includes distributing or manufacturing child pornography among other sex offenses, individuals convicted of tier two sex crimes are required to register with the sex offender registry every 6 months for 25 years. For tier one sex crimes, which includes possession of child pornography among other sex offenses, individuals convicted of tier one sex crimes are required to register with the sex offender registry every 6 months for 15 years.

Failure to register with a sex offender registry as required can lead to additional penalties and consequences and may also lead to additional criminal charges. It is important to keep in mind that criminal defense protections apply to anyone facing criminal charges which is why those facing the seriousness of sex crimes charges should know how they can prepare a strong criminal defense strategy to protect themselves.

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