Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our Attorneys Handle the Most Challenging Sex Crime Charges in Maryland
We raise a defense against sex crime allegations and protect your rights in sex offender registry requirements
If you are arrested or under investigation for a sex crime, it is vital that you exercise your right to remain silent and hire qualified counsel to represent you. LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton has represented criminal defendants throughout Maryland for more than 33 years. Our Baltimore criminal defense lawyers defend your constitutional rights to a fair trial after your arrest. We also assist you with sex offender registry issues if you have been convicted of a sex crime.
Challenging physical evidence in a sex crime case
Prosecutors often rely on DNA, fingerprint, fiber, ballistics and other forensic evidence to prove the occurrence of a violent sex crime and the identity of the accused. In the case of computer-related offenses, law enforcement collects evidence of a highly technical nature. Our lawyers remain up to date on the latest techniques to conduct a sophisticated investigation as part of your criminal defense. Our experience in juvenile crime, Internet crime, violent crime and other aspects of this practice area is essential to our effective representation in sex crimes cases.
Maryland’s sex offender registry
Certain convicted sex offenders are required to register with Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement in Maryland (SOCEM). The sex offender registry database makes your picture, home address, job, school, criminal history and vehicle information available to the public. Sex crimes are classified into the following tiers:
- Tier I — Subject to 15-year registration, Tier I crimes include possession of child pornography, misleading domain names on the Internet, misleading words or digital images on the Internet, and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.
- Tier II — Sentences include a 25-year registration requirement for distribution of child pornography, third-degree statutory rape, solicitation of a minor, abduction of a child under 16 for prostitution and human trafficking.
- Tier III — Life-time sex offender registration is required for the most serious sex crimes, such as assault with intent to rape, first- or second-degree rape, forcible sodomy, incest, kidnapping of a child under 12 years old and sale of a minor.
Your employers, neighbors and family have access to this private data. In addition, you must check in with authorities periodically — every six months for Tier I and II offenders and every three months for Tier III offenders — and you must notify authorities each time you move or change jobs.
Get aggressive representation for your sex crimes allegations
For zealous defense against sex offense charges, call a Baltimore criminal defense lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online. We offer a free initial consultation for clients throughout Maryland.