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Over 2,000 Maryland sex offenders' information not public

The Collaborative Offender Management Enforced Treatment program in Maryland is tasked with tracking more than 2,000 of the state's sex offenders; however, identifying details of these offenders, such as addresses, are not public information. This mass of sex offenders includes those who have been convicted of violent sexual crimes.

One sex offender monitored by COMET told a news investigative team that he has undergone polygraph testing to determine whether he has been truthful and how likely it is that he would commit another sex crime in the future. Agents with COMET visit the offenders once a month, asking questions about their personal relationships, finances and employment. The agents record their findings, as well as their observations, on a score sheet that indicates if the offender is likely to re-offend. In addition to agent visits, a state official reported that offenders who have been convicted of child pornography are also under computer monitoring.

Child pornography: Defend your rights in Maryland

Distributing pornography online isn't always illegal, but when it involves people who are minors, it becomes a very serious offense that can be punished on two levels. In Maryland, you can face both state and federal prosecution for being caught distributing, collecting, or watching child pornography. Knowing the legal defenses for sex crimes is vital in your situation.

You may have to defend yourself aggressively. Cases involving child pornography quickly head to the media, and it could put your reputation at risk. You shouldn't have to worry about your family being harassed, losing your job, or facing unjust punishment.

What is the difference between tiers for a Maryland sex offender?

A quick look at the sex offender laws in Maryland shows that there are various tiers into which those who have been convicted can be placed. These are known as Tier I, Tier II and Tier III. If you are facing charges for sex-related crimes, it is very important to know how these different levels work, both so that you can know what the charges might look like and so that you can ensure that your rights are protected even with a conviction.

The breakdown basically comes back to what exact crimes you have been charged with. Things like possession of child pornography or misleading domain names on the Internet fall into the category of Tier I offenses. If you have to register on the sex offenders list for things like this, it lasts for 15 years.

Maryland's #1 lawyer for sex offense registry applicants

Due to recent changes in Maryland law individuals on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry now have an opportunity to be removed from the registry. In 2013, the Maryland high court issued a ruling in Doe v. Department of Public Safety and Corrections holding that the retroactive application of the laws regarding registration is unconstitutional. Just this year the Court reaffirmed its holding in Department of Public Safety and Corrections v. Doe and Hershberger v. Roe and indicated that removal from the Registry is the proper remedy for those affected.

Prostitution and your rights in Maryland

If you've been accused of prostitution or solicitation in Maryland, you could be in serious trouble with the law. You may also be facing damage to your reputation despite the allegations not yet being proven. The damage that's caused to your family and loved ones can be hard to bear; trust, anxiety and stress can all make it difficult to live your life and to maintain those relationships.

When you're facing a charge as serious as prostitution, you don't want to say the wrong things. It's important to have a defense in place that can help you explain yourself as well as defend yourself against unfair biases. It's common for prostitution or solicitation charges to be resolved with probation before judgment. However, each case is different, and when we represent you, we will work diligently to get a positive outcome in your case.

Defense still possible against charges of solicitation of a minor

Online resources can be great for kids who are looking to beef up their research for school projects, but the Internet can also be a dangerous place for youngsters. In an age of uncertainty and anxiety, a growing number of criminal defendants are being pegged with charges such as online solicitation of a minor, even when their interactions could be considered completely benign. With the focus on individuals who use the Web to sexually exploit children, defendants need to know about their rights now more than ever.

Criminal defendants may face sex crimes allegations, including online solicitation of a teenager, by using chat rooms and other online communications tools. Teens are known to often go online with their friends, using social media to spread information and develop relationships. However, today's parents are constantly being warned about Internet safety, especially when it comes to sexually explicit information.

Accused of child porn? Defend yourself in Maryland

Federal Internet child porn charges can be some of the most difficult to deal with. Depending on your situation and the ages of children involved in your case, you could be facing a federal prison sentence or other serious fines and penalties. That doesn't even begin to describe the damage to your reputation or to the ones you love. Even baseless accusations can cause serious ripples in your life, from losing work to losing the faith of friends and family members.

Federal sentencing guidelines are no longer mandatory in child pornography cases, so there is no minimum amount of time you'll be forced to spend in prison. For you, this is good, since you have a better chance of defending yourself and getting out of the situation without any time in prison or jail. Federal judges do still consider the guidelines when writing a sentence, though, so knowing how to defend yourself to reduce the risk of a conviction is your best bet.

DNA evidence and child rape: Samples not unassailable

DNA. We have all heard of the term -- short for deoxyribonucleic acid -- but what exactly does DNA mean in your criminal case? DNA plays a major role in a variety of criminal cases, from homicide to sexual abuse. However, this type of scientific analysis is particularly useful when determining fault in cases of child rape and related violations. Today, we provide you with the information you need to understand your rights and options where DNA evidence is concerned.

What happens when DNA is found at a crime scene? First, forensic investigators collect the biological samples from the scene, preserving them using advanced scientific procedures. Almost any biological evidence will contain DNA, including hair, bodily fluids, blood and even fingernail clippings. However, crime scene technicians may not always have enough DNA evidence to even analyze, much less to tie someone to the scene of the crime.

Maryland man faces up to 10 years for 30-year-old crime

In Maryland in 2013, there was a sexual abuse case against a D.C.-area swim coach that hit the news. Now, a woman is claiming that she, too, was a victim of sexual abuse back in 1984. The coach was arrested and charged in 2013 for an unrelated case; he took a guilty plea. The woman has come out and said that she was also one of his sexual abuse victims over 30 years ago when she was 7 years old.

The woman states that she went through a period of grief and trauma, but she never came forward about being assaulted. The coach was a family friend, she claimed, which made the situation complicated. She doesn't believe that the maximum limit of 10 years in prison for sexual abuse the man allegedly committed over 30 years ago is enough, because it's not justice.

Consensual sex? Maybe not; you could be charged with a sex crime

You and your significant other have just had consensual sex -- or at least you think so. For young people who are dating, this could be a cloudy issue, especially when considering statutory rape. This particular violation can lead young people to be charged with a sex crime that could result in their name being placed on a sex crime registry for years. Statutory rape is a serious allegation that deserves a serious response from a criminal defense team.

So, what is the definition of statutory rape? In general, this legal violation occurs when someone who is younger than 16 years old has sex with an older person. Young people under age 16 are not able to legally consent to having sexual contact with their partner; however, "voluntary" interactions with a partner who is close to their age may not be considered illegal?

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