Sex Crimes Attorney in Catonsville, Maryland
Sex Offender Registry
Sex Offense of Minor
Prostitution / Solicitation
When you’re charged with any kind of sex crime, your future and your freedom are on the line. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney like Bradley Shepherd can make the difference between winning and losing. The consequences of a conviction can dramatically impact your liberty, and it could require you on register on the Sex Offender Registry.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY
The Sex Offender Registry is a database of all sex offenders residing in Maryland. Information about convicted sex offenders, including address, a photo, and the type of crime they committed are publicly available to be accessed by anyone. Additionally, The Maryland Registry is included in the National Sex Offender Registry which means that a conviction will follow you even if you move.
Three Tiers of the Registry
Is reserved for the least serious offenders. If you are ordered to enroll in the Registry at Tier I, you will have to remain on the Registry for 15 years. Crimes that can land you on Tier I include: 4th Degree Sex Offense and/or Possession of Child Pornography.
Is reserved for offenders who committed more serious offenses but that don’t require Tier III registration. If you are ordered to enroll in the Registry at Tier II, you will have to remain on the Registry for 25 years. Crimes that can land you on Tier II include: Distribution of Child Pornography and 3rd Degree Sex Offense (can also be Tier III depending on the facts).
Is reserved for the most serious offenders. If you are ordered to enroll in the Registry at Tier III, you will have to remain on the Registry for the rest of your life. Crimes that can land you on Tier III include: Rape, Sex Offense of a Minor, and/or any 1st or 2nd Degree Sex Offense.
DEFENDING SEX CRIME ALLEGATIONS
Defending against allegations of a sex crime can be extremely difficult. The trends amongst the general public in the State of Maryland in the past ten years has been overwhelmingly in favor of believing alleged victims of crimes even if there are inconsistencies in their story. Hiring an experienced attorney like Bradley Shepherd who knows how to be firm with witnesses without angering the jury is of the utmost importance. The State’s case often relies upon the testimony of expert witnesses. BSS Law prides itself on competent cross-examination of State’s experts to expose flaws in their methodology and analysis. Hiring defense experts can also be another avenue of defense which needs to be explored. The right attorney will be able to assist you in this endeavor.
If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, call Bradley Shepherd at BSS Law, LLC now for a free consultation