Failure to Register As an Offender in Maryland
Learn More from a Baltimore Sex Crime Lawyer
Those who are convicted of a number of different sex offenses may be required to register as a sex offender in the state of Maryland or possibly on the national sex offender registry. Depending on the severity of your offense, you may be required to register for a certain number of years or possibly even for the rest of your life. Registration involves going to your local law enforcement agency and report where you live and your contact information. You are required to do this either every six months (for Tier I or Tier II offenders) or every three months (for tier III offenders).
However, if you fail to register, you could face significant consequences. Criminal Procedure Article, §11-721, Annotated Code of Maryland makes it a criminal offense to knowingly and willfully fail to register as a sex offender in all required situations. If you’ve been accused of failing to register as an offender, you should contact a Baltimore criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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Attorney James E. Crawford, Jr. and his team at the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates are committed to helping those who are facing serious offense accusations seek a positive outcome to their case. We’re proud of our reputation for not only successful conclusions to cases, but for our professionalism, tact, and service we offer each of our clients. We understand how serious criminal accusations can be, especially those of a sensitive nature like sex offenses, which is why we work hard to fight for you every step of the way.
Penalties for Failing to Register
Failing to register as a sex offender is a misdemeanor offense, however it’s a special misdemeanor in that it can carry a heavier incarceration sentence. To be precise, those who are convicted of failing to register could find themselves imprisoned for up to three year as well as required to pay a fine of up to $5,000 for a first offense.
Did You Know You’re Required to Register?
The reason why most people are found guilty of failing to register is that they simply didn’t know they were required to do so in the first place. There’s a good rule of thumb to follow: if you’re going to be leaving your home for at least two days, you’re required to notify your local law enforcement.
- You’re required to register every address and physical location where you habitually live
- You’re required to register every week if you become homeless
- You’re required to report all changes in employment, residence, telephone number, internet identifier, or vehicle information within three days of the change to each law enforcement agency where you habitually live
- You are required to notify all law enforcement agencies where you habitually live if you temporarily change residence for more than five days or are absent from where you habitually live for more than seven days, including for purposes of travel for business or pleasure
- You’re required to notify your local law enforcement where you habitually live if you change your name
- If you enroll in school outside of the state of Maryland, you’re required to notify the law enforcement agency in the new state where you are attending school
Don’t hesitate! Reach out for help by contacting the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates now and requesting an initial consultation.