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When can someone be removed from the Sex Offender Registry?

Most Maryland residents know that if someone is convicted of a sexual crime in the state, then that person must register as a sex offender. They may also know that being a convicted sex offender means that the convicted individual has to remain on the sex offender list for a specific period of time. But are there situations when someone can be removed from the state's sex offender registry?

There are four conditions when a convicted sex offender can be removed from the registry. The first situation is when the individual's registration for the list expires. This length of time can vary depending on the type of offense the individual was convicted of. For certain crimes it is 15 years while for others it is 25 years. However, for very serious sexual crimes an individual must remain on the registry for their entire life.

Another situation when someone can be removed from the registry is if they move to a different state. Once this individual moves to another state, their name is removed from the Maryland registry. However, the state does contact the central registration office in the individual's new state to inform them of the move.

A convicted person can also be removed from the registry if he or she is able to have their conviction overturned by a court in the state. They can also be taken off the list if they receive a pardon or are awarded an expungement.

The final condition when someone can be removed from the sex offender registry is when they die. However, being convicted of a sexual assault or other sexual crime is a very serious matter that can result in prison time, financial penalties and a damaged reputation. Any Maryland resident who is facing charges of this nature may want to speak to a criminal defense attorney in order to understand the gravity of these charges.

Source: dpscs.md.gov, "Sex offender registry FAQs", Accessed Nov. 8, 2015

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