SORA Registration in New York
Sex Offender Registration Act: Requirements
In 1996, New York passed the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). The Sex Offender Registration Act requires anyone who is on parole, probation, or incarcerated for a sexual offense as of January 21, 1996 to register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Once a name is submitted to the New York Sex Offender Registry, it is accessible to the public. By making this information public, it is believed that the New York community will be able to take protective measures. If you are facing any matter related to New York's SORA laws, it is urgent that you contact a New York sex crime defense lawyer from our firm.
According to New York's Sex Offender Registration Act of 1996, sex offenders are categorized by risk of re-offense. The court decides if the convicted offender is level 1 (low risk), level 2 (moderate risk) or level 3 (high risk). The court also categorizes each convicted sex offender as a sexual predator, sexually violent offender, or predicate sex offender. If a person is a level 2 or level 3 offender, or if the person is designated as a sexual predator, sexually violent offender, or predicate offender, they must register for life. If a person is a level 1 offender with no designation, they must register for 20 years.
If a person is convicted of any of the New York State Penal Law statutes, they is required to register as a sex offender. When a person is listed on the New York Sex Offender Registry, the state will collect a variety of information including: name, date of birth, sex, race, photograph, height, weight, eye color, fingerprints, date of conviction, offenses, and internet account data.
Failure to Register
New York has strict penalties for convicted sex crime offenders who fail to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry. Failure to register is considered a crime. Convicted sex offenders must register within a certain period of time. Failure to register can lead to further criminal charges. A first time sex crime offender who fails to register can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor and a multiple offender who fails to register can be charged with a Class D Felony. If you have questions about the New York Sex Offender Registry, or if you have failed to register, it is in your best interest to speak with a qualified New York attorney.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, or if you have questions about sex offender registration, contact the Law Offices of Brian D. Perskin immediately at (866) 668-7584. Our legal team has extensive experience in assisting clients who are facing sex crime charges or have violations related to SORA.
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