Two Sex Offender Bills Clear Maryland's House of Delegates
According to The Daily Times, the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed two more bills regarding sex offenders. The bills were passed in the House on March 23, 2010 and will now await Senate approval.
The House Bill 1046 mandates that a judge determines the pre-trial release of sex offenders arrested for any crime. This role was formerly allocated to the district court commissioner. The new bill also requires that the courts have access to an individual's pre-trial RAP sheet (criminal record) so that the judge is informed of past sex offenses and other crimes.
The second bill, House Bill 936, brings Maryland law into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Act, which establishes a comprehensive national system for the registration of convicted sex offenders. House Bill 936 adds its own provisions to require homeless sex offenders, offenders convicted of indecent exposure and child pornography and offenders who repeatedly abuse children under the age of 14 to register on the Maryland registry. In addition, the bill expands the required information given on the sex offender registry to include places of employment, other residences and a clear description of their past crime.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Maryland, you still have rights and are entitled to a legal defense. Because of these new bills and others like them, the laws circling sex offenders can be a complicated matter. The skilled and knowledgeable Maryland sex crime attorneys at Meng & Alpert LLC can help you understand your rights and build an aggressive defense for your case. Call our aggressive lawyers today at 866-444-6363 for a free legal consultation.