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5 Post-Sentencing Notice Rights for Maryland Crime Victims

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After suffering harm or injury from criminal conduct, the crime victim is entitled to certain rights under Maryland state law. In addition to compensation for medical bills and lost wages, the victim can request certain notifications from the state — even after conviction and sentencing of the criminal offender.

In order to qualify for the post-sentencing notice rights below, the crime victim or their representative comply with applicable notice requirements under Maryland state law. Specifically, the victim or their representative can request notification under Maryland Code of Criminal Procedure Section 11–104 or submit a written request to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

  1. Notice of Parole Hearing

Under Maryland Code of Criminal Procedure Section 11–505, a crime victim is entitled to notice of a parole hearing. Before conducting a parole hearing for the criminal offender, the state must notify the crime victim.

  1. Notice of Parole Release Agreement

Under Section 11-505, a crime victim is also entitled to notice of a parole release agreement. Before entering into an agreement that could release the criminal offender from their parole requirements, the state must notify the crime victim.

  1. Notice of Parole Violation

Under Maryland Code of Correctional Services Section 7-804, a crime victim is entitled to notice of a parole violation. If the criminal offender violates the conditions of their parole arrangement, then the state must notify the crime victim.

  1. Notice of Commutation, Pardon or Remission

Under Maryland Code of Correctional Services Section 7-805,, a crime victim is entitled to notice of commutation, pardon or remission. Before considering any of these actions — which could reduce or eliminate the criminal sentence — the state must notify the crime victim. Additionally, the crime victim may submit a statement and recommendation for consideration.

  1. Notice of Escape, Recapture, Transfer, Release or Death

Under Maryland Code of Criminal Procedure Section 11–508, a crime victim is entitled to notice of escape, recapture, transfer, release or death. Essentially, the crime victim must receive notice of a significant change in circumstances. Specifically, the state must provide notice in the following situations:

  • Escape — The state must notify the crime victim if the criminal offender escapes from prison;
  • Recapture — The state must notify the crime victim if the authorities recapture an escaped criminal offender;
  • Transfer — The state must notify the crime victim if the criminal offender transfers to a different prison unit;
  • Release — The state must notify the crime victim if the criminal offender secures a release from prison; and
  • Death — The state must notify the crime victim if the criminal offender dies.

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If you have legal questions about notice rights for crime victims in Maryland, it can be measurably beneficial to seek counsel from a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. The lawyers at Iamele & Iamele, LLP in Baltimore, Maryland, offer clients a blend of knowledge and experience in the arena of personal injury law, including legal options for victims of crime. If you need legal help, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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