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Sex Offender Registry FAQ

Most people have a general sense of what the sex offender registry is, and how serious this registration can be. Many clients come into my office with common questions, and I felt it would be helpful to have some information readily available on this website. If you have questions or concerns not addressed here, I highly recommend that you schedule a consultation at one of my four office locations.

Sex Offender Registry FAQ

Who must register?

If you are convicted of a sexual offense in court, you must register. The length of time and the category of registration depends on the crime, the age of the victim and when the offense was committed. Maryland recognizes four categories of sex offenders: child sex offenders, sexually violent offenders, offenders, and sexually violent predators.

When do you have to register?

For Maryland residents, within five days of release and recurring every six months. Sexually violent predators must register every 90 days in person with the designated law enforcement office.

What are the registration terms?

Depending on the crime of conviction, the age of the victim and when the offense was committed, the registration can be 10 years or lifetime.

How can I be removed from the sex offender registry?

Typically, there are three ways to be removed from the registry: death, expiration of registration term and expungement or overturned conviction. If you wish to relocate out of state, you will be removed from Maryland's registry and the central registry of the new state will be notified.

What if I don't register?

An offender who does not register is subject to up to three years imprisonment and/or up to $5,000.

At the Law Offices of Charles L. Waechter, Attorney at Law, I have more than 25 years of experience defending people accused of weapons offenses in Maryland. I offer a free initial consultation by telephone or at any of my four convenient office locations in Baltimore, Annapolis, Ocean City or Bel Air. Do not hesitate to contact my office to schedule a more detailed discussion of your case and the options available to you.

Contact an Experienced Maryland Sexual Offender Lawyer

If you have questions regarding the sex offender registry, contact me, criminal defense attorney Charles L. Waechter, to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.

Practice Areas Case Results

In February 2011, a defendant was found not guilty of all child abuse charges by an Anne Arundel County jury

In 2010, a federal employee's federal internet child porn charges were reduced to a misdemeanor charge of violation of a federal regulation with no jail time and no sex offender registration. Also, all DUI charges were dismissed against the defendant even though his breath reading was 0.35.

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