About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Criminal Procedure
(a)   A police record or a court record is subject to expungement under this subtitle.
(b)    (1)   A court record or a police record that existed before July 1, 1975, and is still maintained, may be expunged under this subtitle.
(2)   A person who is entitled to the expungement of a court record or a police record that existed before July 1, 1975, may use the procedures for expungement provided under this subtitle.
(3)   The limitation periods provided in § 10–105 of this subtitle begin when the person becomes entitled to expungement of a court record or a police record that existed before July 1, 1975.
(4)   The custodian of court records or police records that were made before July 1, 1975, and that may be expunged under this subtitle:
(i)   shall make a reasonable search for a record requested for expungement; but
(ii)   need not expunge a court record or a police record that is not found after a reasonable search.
(c)   This subtitle does not apply to:
(1)   a record about a minor traffic violation;
(2)   the published opinion of a court;
(3)   a cash receipt or disbursement record that is necessary for audit purposes;
(4)   a transcript of court proceedings made by a court reporter in a multiple defendant case;
(5)   an investigatory file; or
(6)   a record of the work product of a law enforcement unit that is used solely for police investigation.