Thanks to the Maryland Second Chance Act, many individuals who have been previously convicted of a crime are able to render their court and police records inaccessible to members of the general public. The state believes that one-time mistakes shouldn’t always stop you from being able to better yourself and achieve your goals. Working with a lawyer in Westminster, MD, will help you better understand if you qualify for record shielding under this act.
Shielding is a fairly affordable process, but it only applies to twelve specific crimes, including:
- Disorderly Conduct
- Disturbing the Peace
- Failure to Obey a Reasonable & Lawful Order
- Malicious Destruction of Property in the Lesser Degree
- Trespassing on Posted Property
- Possessing or Administering a Non-Controlled Dangerous Substance
- Driving without a License
- Driving While Privilege is Canceled, Suspended, Refused, or Revoked
- Driving While Uninsured
- Prostitution Offense
If you’ve been convicted of any of these above mentioned crimes, then for a small fee, your lawyer will be able to file a petition to the court to see if it can be shielded. Convictions cannot be shielded earlier than three years after the person satisfies the sentence, and only one shielding petition will be granted over a person’s lifetime. Furthermore, if the person has any subsequent convictions during the waiting period of the shielding, their request will not be approved.