The Maryland Shield Law, also known as the Maryland Second Chance Act, goes into affect on October 1, 2015. The Maryland Shield Law or Maryland Second Chance Act allows individuals to use MarylandExpungement.com after October 1, 2015 to shield certain criminal convictions from public view or public record.
If you want to shield your criminal convictions in Maryland, take our Free Shielding Eligibility Test to determine if you’re eligible to have your record shielded.
The convictions that can be shielded under the Maryland Shield Law or Maryland Second Chance Act are:
If you received a conviction for any of these crimes, take our Free Shielding Eligibility Test to have your record shielded.
Governor Larry Hogan signed the Maryland Second Chance Act or Maryland Shield law on May 12, 2015.
The Maryland Shield Law or Maryland Second Chance Act authorizes MarylandExpungement.com to petition the court to shield court records and police records relating to shieldable convictions no earlier than 3 years after the person satisfies the sentence or sentences imposed for all convictions for which shielding is requested; providing that, if a person is convicted of a new crime during a specified time period, the original conviction or convictions are not eligible for shielding unless the new conviction becomes eligible for shielding; providing that shielded records remain accessible to specified entities.
The Maryland General Assembly page contains information about House Bill 244.
Expungement in Maryland is the removal of criminal charges from public viewing based on the disposition in the case. Whereas, shield in Maryland is the blocking of certain convictions from “public” view that otherwise would not be eligible for expungement. Some convictions may not be eligible for expungement, but may be eligible for shielding in Maryland.
If you want to shield a criminal conviction in Maryland, visit MarylandExpungement.com for more information.