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Accused of having child porn in Maryland? Retain your rights

If you've been accused of distributing or possessing child pornography, then you know how much trouble you could be in with the law. When facing these charges, you need to be defended in a way that allows the courts to see why the allegations against you are completely wrong or why the situation shouldn't lead to a life of incarceration.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is whether you're being charged at the federal or state level. That difference is important; Maryland authorities could be keeping your case, or it could be sent to federal prosecutors, which could be much more serious. After you've been arrested on charges for the possession of child pornography, the authorities typically perform a search and seizure operation at your home. That's the point when you'll want to consider seeking legal help, since what you say from then on can directly affect your case.

Man gets 10 years for sex abuse after admitting crime on phone

A Maryland man who admitted to molesting an area woman thirty years ago has received a 10-year sentence in prison in connection with the allegations. The man was accused of sexually molesting a victim from the time she was seven years old; she was a member of the swim team he coached. He also served as her babysitter. The victim alleged that she had been subject to sexual abuse for five years in the 1980s, when the defendant was in his 20s.

It may seem surprising that a 30-year-old sexual abuse case could be prosecuted with such a serious outcome, but statutes of limitation do not always prevent this type of prosecution. News reports show that the woman decided to seek help from police officers decades after her experience. They reportedly treated the case just like the abuse had occurred "the day before," according to the victim.

Is ignoring the sex offender registration process a crime?

After someone in Maryland has been convicted of a crime of a sexual nature, he or she may have to register on a database set up to track all sex offenders. This information can then be viewed by those who wish to know more about them, such as people who live near them. If they decide not to register, is it a crime?

The short answer is that it absolutely is a crime for someone not to put their name on the sex offender registration database, if they fail to do so knowingly. Also, if the records need to be updated -- such as when someone in the database moves to a new address -- it is also a crime to fail to provide the updated location in the file as is necessary. Not only is this a crime for someone in Maryland, but it is also a federal crime.

Understanding the charges for solicitation of a prostitute

When we think about sex crimes, our minds may not immediately jump to prostitution and solicitation. More likely, we consider the possession of child pornography, rape and sexual assault as the more common sex offenses. However, a significant number of Maryland residents still face charges for solicitation and prostitution. Both the individual offering the sexual services and the person paying for the acts may be vulnerable to criminal prosecution.

Laws concerning prostitution and solicitation differ from state to state. In Maryland, both violations are considered criminal offenses that can be prosecuted in Baltimore and other jurisdictions. Further, some federal guidelines govern the legal process for those accused of transporting a person across state lines for the purpose of engaging in prostitution.

Man accused of child pornography distribution in Maryland

As a person who works with children or teens, you could be exposed to allegations from parents or the children themselves, even if there is no proof to back those allegations up. No matter what you've been accused of, you have a right to defend yourself. A child pornography charge like the one in this case could lead to serious consequences, so it's best to immediately defend and protect your reputation.

An Aug. 22 report has shown that a licensed social worker from Essex, Maryland, has been charged with having and distributing child pornography. The reports indicated that the man was a counselor for teens, although there is no evidence that he has had any sexual contact with any of the teens he's worked with in the past.

What does expungement mean for your sex crimes conviction?

Do you know the difference between an expungement and a not-guilty verdict? Most people are not aware that there is a post-conviction option that can help those who have been charged with a sex crime -- even those who have been required to list their information on a sex crime registry. It is possible for your criminal conviction to be set aside even after you have gone through extensive court proceedings.

So, what exactly is expungement? This is a court-ordered procedure, during which the legal record of your criminal conviction is officially erased in the eyes of the courts. You could consider your conviction "sealed," in a way, as it will be officially vacated in the eyes of the law. Even if you have not been convicted, you can still benefit from expungement -- even the records of your arrest could be sealed away from public scrutiny.

Online solicitation leads to a lifetime of punishment in Maryland

Recently, you read in our blog about the man who was indicted for allegedly soliciting an Anne Arundel teen on the Internet. The man, based in California, has now been indicted for allegedly sexually soliciting the 15-year-old girl. Her father was the one who contacted police; he believed that the two had planned to meet each other.

The man, 25, who meant to meet the girl had plans to come to Maryland. He indicated that he knew her age, but he had not yet met the teen. Accusations that he intended to hurt or have a sexual relationship with the teen haven't been talked about, other than implying that was the case.

Swift action key to defending against child pornography charges

If you are facing sex crimes charges for alleged possession of child pornography in Maryland, you must take swift action to protect your rights. Those who are facing child pornography charges run the risk of a future that could be rather bleak -- think jail time and decades of registration on the state's sex crime registry. Criminal charges for child pornography do not mean that you necessarily have to suffer serious punishment, as you are not automatically considered guilty just because you are accused. A criminal defense attorney may help rescue your future and keep you informed about your rights and responsibilities in court.

Some criminal defendants are charged with federal crimes simply because they are involved in a file-sharing network online. Other criminal charges stem from allegations of image possession on a computer or other Internet-ready device. A criminal defense attorney should be consulted as early in the process as possible, especially if technicians at a local computer repair shop have been solicited to analyze the contents of your electronic device.

What it means to be placed on the state sex crime registry

If you have been convicted of a sex crime in Maryland, you may be required to submit your personal information to the state's sex crime registry. This database is designed to track those convicted of sex crimes and provide information for community members about sex offenders' whereabouts. The sex crime registry includes offenders that are sexually violent and those that target children, along with those convicted of lower-level sex offenses. The severity of the crimes determines the offender's term on the sex crime registry.

Your personal information will be made available to the general public through an online portal. Information is also provided through the postal service upon request. The information included in this database includes your name, photo and address. Further, a description of the crime and the location of the crime are included. Additional information not made available to the public includes Social Security numbers and other identifying data.

Maryland doctor faces losing license over molestation allegations

A Maryland physician is the center of a scandal right now, and he's been hit with charges for allegedly molesting a patient. He's also been hit with another lawsuit, and that lawsuit claims he sexually assaulted another patient as well. One of the women, a patient from West Virginia, has filed a lawsuit against the Maryland doctor and is requesting over $1.5 million in compensation.

In her lawsuit, she reported that the man fondled her during an examination for a back injury. She reported in her lawsuit that the company the doctor worked for, MedExpress in LaVale, Maryland, should have been aware that the doctor had been convicted of raping a woman at gunpoint in 1987 while in Florida. She claims that a reasonable employer wouldn't have let the doctor work with female patients.

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