On Friday, March 12, 2010, Maryland legislators moved to toughen laws regarding sex offenders. According to an article on the Baltimore Sun, harsher terms will include truth-in-sentencing provisions for violent and repeat offenders, longer supervision after prison and an expansion of the state’s public registry. The House Judiciary Committee, a government organization that deals with crime legislation, approved seven out of the 75 bills introduced in order to address sex offenses.
“This will have a serious impact on sex offenders in the state,” said House Judiciary Chairman, Joseph F. Vallario Jr.
Most adult and juvenile violent and repeat sex offenders, including first- or second-degree rape or other similar sex offenses will be required to have lifetime supervision in addition to having to register as a sex offender in Maryland and being added to Maryland’s existing sex offender registry. Some feel that lifetime supervision is a misnomer as offenders can seek an end to the supervision after five years if trained supervisors and a judge agree to it. The degree of supervision has not been allocated and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The increase in sex crime legislation is likely due to the December killing of an 11-year-old girl on the Eastern Shore. This incident was allegedly caused by a 30-year-old registered offender whose first sex crimes are reported to have been committed when he was a teenager.
These new laws pose a variety of legal issues and challenges for accused sex offenders to overcome. If you have been accused of a sex crime in Maryland, you still have rights and are entitled to a strong defense. The experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you understand your rights and build an aggressive defense for your case. Call us today at 866-444-6363 for a free consultation.