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Is an Escape Punishable Under Maryland Law?

Yes, they do put you back in jail -for longer. The experienced Baltimore criminal defense lawyer knows the additional penalties for the offense of escape. They also know that:

If convicted, you’ve got to do time, as no portion of a sentence for escape can be suspended and a sentence for escape must be made consecutive to the sentence the escapee was serving.

Of course, a jailbreak is perhaps what one typically this of when conjuring notions of an escape. But other conduct comes within this section as well. It is punishable as second degree escape to: 

"violate any restriction on movement imposed under the terms of a temporary release, pretrial commitment, custodial confinement, or home detention order or agreement."

"fail to return to a place of confinement under the terms of a temporary release, pretrial commitment, custodial confinement, or home detention order or agreement" or

"remove, block, deactivate, or otherwise tamper with a monitoring device required to be worn or carried by the person to track the person's location, including an ankle or wrist bracelet, global position satellite offender tracking technology, or comparable equipment or system." 1

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 3/16/20. 

If the State has brought charges against you: Call me. 410 591 2835, or fill out the contact template on the page. The most important thing you can do at this point is to act quickly, and effectively, to protect your interests. 

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FN1 Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. Section 9-405

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