Maryland Second Chance Act

Maryland Second Chance ActThe Maryland Legislature passed House Bill 244 (Maryland Second Chance Act 2015) that allows individuals to shield their criminal record from public view.  MarylandExpungement.com will shield your criminal record under the new legislation. The Maryland Second Chance Act will go into effect on October 1, 2015.

Maryland Second Chance Act can be found under Maryland Criminal Procedure Section 10-301 – 10-306. and will be titled “Subtitle 3. Shielding”

Maryland Second Chance Act

What does “Shield” mean under the Maryland Second Chance Act?

“Shield” means to render a Court record and Police record relating to a conviction of a crime inaccessible by members of the public.

What crimes can be shielded under the Maryland Second Chance Act?

The crimes that can be shielded under the Maryland Second Chance Act are:

  1. Disorderly Conduct under §10-201(c)(2) of the Criminal Law Article;
  2. Disturbing the Peace under §10-201(c)(4) of the Criminal Law Article;
  3. Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order under §10-201(c)(3) of the Criminal Law Article;
  4. Malicious Destruction of Property in the Lesser Degree under §6-301 of the Criminal Law Article;
  5. Trespass on Posted Property under §6-402 of the Criminal Law Article;
  6. Possession or Administering a Controlled Dangerous Substance under §5-601 of the Criminal Law Article;
  7. Possession of Administering a Noncontrolled Dangerous Substance under §5-618(a) of the Criminal Law Article;
  8. Use of or Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia under §5-619(c)(1) of the Criminal Law Article;
  9. Driving without a License under §16-101 of the Transportation Article;
  10. Driving While Privilege is Canceled, Suspended, Refused, or Revoked under §16-303 of the Transportation Article;
  11. Driving While Uninsured under §17-107 of the Transportation Article; or
  12. A Prostitution Offense under §11-306(a)(1) of the Criminal Law Article if the conviction is for Prostitution and not Assignation.

How Do I Shield a Conviction that is eligible under the Maryland Second Chance Act?

Visit MarylandExpungement.com and take the Free Shield/Expungement Eligibility Test.  Once there, you’ll answer a few simple questions about yourself.  If you qualify, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to shield your criminal record.  It’s that simple.

How long do I have to wait until I can Shield a criminal conviction?

A  person may shield their Court and police record no earlier than Three (3) years after the person satisfies the sentence or sentences imposed for all convictions for which the shielding is requested, including parole, probation, or mandatory supervision.

How do I shield my record?

Visit MarylandExpungement.com to have your criminal conviction shielded. No need to waste time traveling to and from a lawyer’s office.  No need to pay thousands to have your criminal conviction shielded. Instead pay a flat fee and get your Maryland record shielded from public view, including employers and schools.

Can I shield my record if I am pending criminal charges?

No, you cannot shield your record if you are pending criminal charges.

Can I shield my record if one of the charges in my case is not eligible for shielding?

No, if a person is not eligible for shielding of one of the convictions in a case, then the person is not eligible for shielding of any other conviction in the case.

Can an employer consider a case that has been shielded?

No, an employer may not require a person who applies for employment to disclose shielded information about a criminal charge in an application or interview or discharge or hire a person solely because the person refuse to disclose information about criminal charges that have been shielded.

Can a school expel or refuse to admit me based on a case that has been shielded?

No, an education institution cannot expel or refuse to admit a person solely because a person refused to disclose information about criminal charges that have been shielded.

MarylandExpungement.com is a Maryland shielding and expungement service founded by a Maryland shielding attorney.

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