Sex Offender Registry Removal for Annapolis and Ellicott City Clients

Work with an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer serving Howard and Anne Arundel Counties

Maryland requires individuals convicted of certain sex-related charges to register with the state’s sex offender database. This process can prove difficult for some individuals with which to accurately comply, but failure to abide by the rules 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. My initial goal in any sex crime case  is to obtain a dismissal of the criminal charges or an acquittal by a jury. I also work to negotiate plea agreements so that the final charges don’t require sex offender registration.

What are the Maryland sex offender registration requirements?

The state of Maryland separates its sex offender registry into three tiers that determine how long an individual must remain on the list. These tiers break down as follows:

Tier One. Individuals in this tier must remain on the list for 15 years. The applicable crimes include the following state and federal crimes:

  • Fourth-degree sex offenses
  • Visual surveillance with prurient intent
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Misleading domain names on the Internet
  • Misleading words or digital images on the Internet
  • Sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion
  • Travel w/Intent to engage in illicit conduct

Tier Two. These individuals must remain on the registry for 25 years. The applicable crimes include:

  • Third-degree sex offenses
  • Abduction of a child under16 for prostitution
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • House of prostitution
  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual solicitation of a minor

Registrants with two Tier I convictions must register in the Tier II category.

Tier Three. Individuals in this tier must stay on the offender registry for the remainder of their lives. The applicable crimes include:

  • Assault with intent to rape or sexually abuse
  • Child kidnapping
  • Continuing course of conduct with a child
  • Forcible sodomy
  • Incest
  • Kidnapping
  • 1st degree ape
  • 2nd degree rape
  • Sexual abuse of a minor
  • 1st degree sex offense
  • 2nd degree sex offense
  • Attempted 1st degree rape
  • Attempted 2nd degree rape
  • Attempted sex offenses

Registrants with two Tier II convictions, or a Tier I and Tier II convictions, must register in the Tier III category

A knowledgeable Maryland sex offender registry attorney helps you to comply with sex offender regulations. The law requires registration within three days of release from community supervision. For incarcerated offenders, registration must occur prior to release.

Upon completion of registration, offenders in Tier One and Tier Two must report to a central agency every six months. Offenders in Tier Three must register every three months. Failure to comply with registration and reporting requirements can result in jail time and fines.

How can I get removed from the sex offender registry?

There are several reasons why a sex offender registrant could be removed from the list and be excused from reporting requirements. A skilled Annapolis criminal defense lawyer identifies these opportunities and assists with the process. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I have assisted offender registrants with a variety of removal options, including:

  • An official pardon for the crime committed. When an individual obtains a pardon for the crime that necessitated the offender registry, registration requirements are removed.
  • Expungement of the crime from the individual’s record. When the underlying crime is expunged from the individual’s record, the reporting requirements are also removed.
  • Relocation to another state. Relocation can result in removal from the registry, but the state will forward the individual’s information to the new state of residence.
  • The registration is expired. For Tier One crimes, this means 15 years has expired. For Tier Two crimes, this means 25 years has expired. You need to formally ask to be removed with the assistance of a Maryland sex registration removal lawyer.
  • The conviction is overturned. If your conviction is overturned on appeal, you should be able to seek removal of your name from the registry.

You can also be removed from the sex offender registry upon your death, in order to preserve your reputation for your future generation. If your next of kin notifies your local law enforcement that you’ve died, then your name should be removed from the registration database.

If you believe you may have a case for removal from the sex offender registry in Maryland, I can review your case and guide you through the legal process.

What are my responsibilities as a Maryland sex offender registrant?

Some of the responsibilities of a registrant include:

  • You need to register every place you habitually live – with your primary registration agency – and the local law enforcement unit in the county where you live.
  • If you become homeless, you must register once a week in person in each county where you habitually live.
  • You must report all changes in your residence, employment, telephone numbers, internet identifiers, or vehicle information must be reported within three days.
  • If you start or end enrollment or work in an institution of higher education within the state, you need to notify the local law enforcement unit where the school is located.

There are also registration requirements if:

  • If you move to another state or another country.
  • If you are absent from the place you live for more than seven days or change residences for five days or more.
  • You start a new job or attend school in another state.
  • If you establish a new e-mail address, computer log-in or screen name or identity, instant-message identity or electronic chat room identity.

Other restrictions and registration requirements also apply, which an experienced Annapolis sex registration lawyer can explain in detail.

Contact a reliable Annapolis attorney for advice about sex offender registration and removal

At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I advocate for the best interests of my clients and make my services accessible for all. If you are required to register with the Maryland sex offender registry or have questions about how your name can be removed, call me in Annapolis or Ellicott City today at 410.777.8103 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.