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What responsibilities does a convicted sex offender have?

Maryland law requires that any person who is convicted of a sex crime register as a sex offender in the state. The length of time that a person must stay registered with the state depends on the crime of which they are convicted. A convicted sex offender must also abide by a "Notice of Responsibilities" when they register with the state. But what are the components of the Notice of Responsibilities and what do they involve?

The Notice of Responsibilities is basically a list of requirements that a convicted sex offender must comply with while they are on the sex offender registry. One of the first requirements is that the person must register their address with the state as well as with the county in which they are living. That individual must also inform their local law enforcement agency that they are living within their jurisdiction. If that person has more than one address, they must register each address accordingly.

If the convicted individual changes their address, the car they drive, their telephone number, their job or even their internet identification, they must report this change to their local police department within three days. Failure to do so is a violation of state law and that person could be penalized for failing to comply. Likewise if a convicted sex offender becomes homeless they must then register once a week at their local county office.

There are additional requirements for the Notice of Responsibilities and any convicted individual should become familiar with them. However, any Maryland resident who is facing sexual assault or other sexual related charges may want to speak to a criminal defense attorney in order to fully understand the consequences of being convicted of these charges.

Source: dpscs.md.gov, "Sex offender registry FAQs," Accessed Sep. 25, 2015

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