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At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our sex crimes attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland know that there is a lot of confusion when it comes to registering as a sex offender and what happens if an individual fails to do so.

Because the sex offender registry requirements vary by state, the residency requirements are different across the country.

Here is what Maryland and Washington D.C. residents need to know about these restrictions.

Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in Maryland

Maryland does not have any sex offender residency restrictions.

In the State of Maryland, sex offenders who are required to register must notify the designated local law enforcement unit that they habitually live in that county and provide the address or location.

If a Maryland resident who is required to register as a sex offender becomes homeless, he or she must register once a week in person in each county where they habitually live.

In addition, all changes in residence, employment, telephone numbers, internet identifiers, or vehicle information must be reported within three days of the change to each designated local law enforcement unit where the individual habitually lives.

Although Maryland does not restrict where a person can live during the time that they must register as a sex offender, a person on the registry is not allowed to be on the premises of a childcare facility, an elementary school, or a secondary school.

Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in Washington D.C.

The Metropolitan Police Department does not have the authority to direct where a sex offender may live, work, or attend school.

Unless the Courts have placed specific restrictions on the offender’s release, he or she has a right to live wherever they choose.

However, the Council of the District of Columbia requires all individuals on the Washington D.C. sex offender registry to submit the following details to the responsible officials:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Physical description and any identifying marks
  • Photographs
  • Fingerprints
  • All applicable addresses, including those for home, employment, and school

Registrants also must meet with responsible officials periodically and report any changes in their information listed above within 72 hours.

Some registrants who have been placed on close community supervision may have to comply with additional requirements, such as attending counseling and wearing a GPS tracking device.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Attorneys at Lotze Mosley Today for Help

If you have been arrested for a sex crime and are worried that, if convicted, you may have to register as a sex offender, contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland at Lotze Mosley, LLP to determine the best course of action for your unique case by calling (202) 393-0535 today.

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