The Maryland Shield Law Explained

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.

What Criminal Convictions Can Be Shielded in Maryland?

The convictions that can be shielded under the Maryland Shield Law or 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.

If you received a conviction for any of these crimes, take our Free Shielding Eligibility Test to have your record shielded.

Who Signed the Maryland Shield Law?

Governor Larry Hogan signed the Maryland Second Chance Act or Maryland Shield law on May 12, 2015.

What Does the Maryland Shield Law Do?

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.

Shielding vs. Expungement in Maryland

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.

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