Under federal law, each state is required to create and maintain sex registries to monitor those convicted of certain sex offenses. While each state can determine what crimes are considered sex offenses, they must still categorize those crimes into three tiers, the third tier reserved for the most serious offenses.
In 2011, responding to the federal registry requirements, Maryland enacted its statewide sex offender registry which applies retroactively and which breaks down sex offenses into the following three tiers.
Tier 3 Offenses Requiring Registration Every 3 Months For Life
Tier 2 Offenses Requiring Registration Every 6 Months for 25 Years
Tier 1 Offenses Requiring Registration Every 6 Months for 15 Years
Definition of Conviction
In order for Maryland's sex offender registry laws to apply, a defendant must have received a "conviction," which exists where a defendant:
Maryland Sex Offender Registry Laws: An Overview
The chart below contains more specific information on Maryland sex offender registry laws.
Maryland Criminal Procedure Code Section 11-701 (defining the different tiers of sex offenders in Maryland)
Maryland Criminal Procedure Code Section 11-702.1 (allowing for retroactive application of registry requirements)
Maryland Criminal Procedure Code Section 11-704 (describing registration requirements)
Maryland Criminal Procedure Code Section 11-721 (penalties for failing to register)
Maryland Criminal Procedure Code Section 11-723 (convictions requiring lifetime registration)
Maryland Criminal Procedure Code Section 11-724 (penalties for violations of lifetime registration)
Knowingly failing to register or to provide required information or notices or knowingly providing false information is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 3 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for an initial violation.
Subsequent violations are felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Maryland Sex Offender Registry Laws: Related Resources
Get Legal Help with Your Sex Offender Registry Questions
Understanding Maryland's sex offender registry laws is just as important before a conviction as after, as it could shape the strategy in your case. If you've been charged with a sex crime in Maryland, it's in your best interest to contact a local sex crime lawyer to find out how the state's sex offender registry laws may apply to your case.
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