Tracking an Offender's Status
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) allows victims to track offenders' custody, probation, parole, or protective order status. Victims can register to be automatically notified by phone and email of an offender's court hearings, probation, or release. Victims can also track the location and status of registered sex offenders.
Effective July 1, 2014, the Maryland State Board of Vicitm Services was charged with developing a protocol that will permit victims to receive notification of court proceedings electronically in all jurisdictions that have implemented the Maryland Electronic Filing and Case Management (MDEC) system. Instead of filing a motion to seal, victims may simply request that their address and email address remain confidential, with certain limited exceptions. Victims may also request additional notifications through VINE, and they will therefore not be required to submit a separate registration to VINE. Anne Arundel County will be the first jurisdiction to implement the MDEC system, but eventually all jurisdictions in Maryland will implement it. Read the Law: Md. Code, Criminal Procedure, §11-914
The VINE Protective Order (VPO) notifies victims when protective orders have been served. In order to receive notification, petitioners need to have the protective order case number. Access is available everyday on the Vinelink website. Register a protective order.
When a victim files a Request for Waiver of Appearance s/he must register with VINE. A Request for Waiver of Appearance is a form filed by a victim when there is difficulty having an abuser served.