Individuals who are convicted of a sex crime are required by Maryland law to add their name to the sex offender registry. The sex offender registry is the system that allows government authorities to keep track of sex offenders who have completed their prison sentences. The severity of an individual’s crimes determines the length that they will be listed on the sexual offender registry. Each state categorizes the crime levels into three tiers—the third tier reserved for the most serious offenses.
What Are the Three Tiers of a Sex Offender Registry?
Tier 1: This tier is the least restraining of the three. Individuals who are registered under tier 1 are required to stay on the list for 15 years. In most cases, people convicted of fourth-degree sex offenses are included in this tier.
Convictions that lead to Tier 1 registration include:
- Fourth-degree sex offenses
- Possession of child pornography
- Visual surveillance with prurient intent
Tier 2: This tier is more restraining than the first tier because the offenses are usually more serious. People on this list must remain on it for 25 years.
Convictions that lead to Tier 2 registration include:
- The abduction of a child for prostitution
- Disturbing or manufacturing child pornography
- Sexual solicitation of a minor
- Human trafficking
- Third-degree sex crimes
- Crimes involving prostitution or the sale of children
Tier 3: Individuals registered at Tier 3 are required to remain on the list for the rest of their lives.
Convictions that lead to Tier 3 registration include:
- Murder with intent to rape or sexually abuse a minor
- Rape (all degrees)
- Severe sex crimes
- Sexual abuse of a minor
- Forcible sodomy
The law requires registrants to report their status to local authorities, depending on the Tier they're in. Tier 1 and 2 offenders are required to report every six months. Tier 3 registrants must report every 3 months to ensure their profiles are up-to-date.
Getting Removed from the Sex Offender Registry
There are occasions when sex offenders may be removed from the list and be excused from reporting every few months. Our Maryland sex crime defense attorney can help figure out if you qualify and assist with the appeal process.
People can be removed from the list if they receive:
- Official Pardons: Authorities will remove registrants if an individual obtains a pardon for the crime that required them to be on the offender registry.
- Expungement of Their Record: When the crime is expunged from the individual’s record, the registration requirements are also removed.
Contact a Sex Crime Defense Attorney: (301) 842-8584
If you have been listed on the Maryland sex offender registry, it is vital to contact a sex crime defense attorney as soon as possible. Gracia & Mintz can investigate your case to determine if they can get an official pardon for your charges or fight for expungement of your record. Out attorneys are determined to get you the best possible results for your case.
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