Sex Offender Registration
People who were convicted of sexual offenses or of an attempt to commit a sexual offenseare required to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry, even if the conviction was handed down in a different state. Numerous obligations are placed on sex offenders in New York, and some people must register for up to 20 years while others must register for life.
New York Correction Law § 752 specifically prohibits unfair discrimination against persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses, but registered sex offenders can often experience numerous hardships in matters relating to employment, housing, and professional licensing. Failure to register or verify as a sex offender in New York is a felony offense.
Attorney for Sex Offender Registration in Nassau County, NY
If you are concerned about having to register as a sex offender in New York, it is in your best interest to quickly seek legal representation. Law Office of Stephanie Selloni defends people accused of sexual crimes in communities all over the Long Island area, such as Garden City, Freeport, Massapequa Park, North Hempstead, Glen Cove, and many others.
Stephanie Selloni is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Garden City will work to minimize or possibly eliminate the amount of time you are required to register as a sex offender in New York. You can have our attorney provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (516) 972-1212 to receive a free initial consultation.
New York Sex Offender Registration Information Center
- Which offenses are people required to register for if they are convicted?
- What other requirements are sex offenders expected to comply with?
- Where can I learn more about sex offender registration in Garden City?
The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), otherwise known as “Megan’s Law,” created three levels of sex offenders based on their risk of repeat offenses.
Anybody who is classified as a level one risk, or who has not yet received a risk level classification, must register and verify annually for a period of 20 years from the initial date of registration as a sex offender if he or she has not been designated as one of the following:
- A sexual predator (a sex offender who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense in subdivision three of SORA § 168-a and who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes him or her likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses);
- A sexually violent offender (a sex offender who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense in subdivision three of SORA § 168-a); or
- A predicate sex offender (a sex offender who has been convicted of an offense set forth in subdivision two or three of SORA § 168-a when the offender has been previously convicted of an offense set forth in subdivision two or three of SORA § 168-a).
People who have been designated as sexual predators, sexually violent offenders, or predicate sex offenders, or who have been classified as level two or level three risk must register and verify annually for life. The Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders assesses the risk of repeat offenses by sex offenders and the threats posed to public safety. The Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders guidelines for such assessments are based upon, but not limited to, the following under SORA:
- criminal history factors indicative of high risk of repeat offense, including:
- whether the sex offender has a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes him or her likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses;
- whether the sex offender’s conduct was found to be characterized by repetitive and compulsive behavior, associated with drugs or alcohol;
- whether the sex offender served the maximum term;
- whether the sex offender committed the felony sex offense against a child;
- the age of the sex offender at the time of the commission of the first sex offense;
- other criminal history factors to be considered in determining risk, including:
- the relationship between such sex offender and the victim;
- whether the offense involved the use of a weapon, violence or infliction of serious bodily injury;
- the number, date and nature of prior offenses;
- conditions of release that minimize risk or re-offense, including but not limited to whether the sex offender is under supervision; receiving counseling, therapy or treatment; or residing in a home situation that provides guidance and supervision;
- physical conditions that minimize risk of re-offense, including but not limited to advanced age or debilitating illness;
- whether psychological or psychiatric profiles indicate a risk of recidivism;
- the sex offender’s response to treatment;
- recent behavior, including behavior while confined;
- recent threats or gestures against persons or expressions of intent to commit additional offenses; and
- review of any victim impact statement.
Individuals are required to register as sex offenders upon convictions for any of the following registerable offenses or convictions for attempts to commit any of the following registerable offenses:
- Luring A Child
- Sexual Misconduct
- Criminal Sexual Act
- Forcible Touching
- Persistent Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Aggravated Sexual Abuse
- Course Of Sexual Conduct Against a Child
- Facilitating a Sex Offense with a Controlled Substance
- Predatory Sexual Assault
- Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child
- Unlawful Imprisonment
- Patronizing a Prostitute
- Promoting Prostitution
- Compelling Prostitution
- Sex Trafficking
- Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors
- Unlawful Surveillance
- Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance
- Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child
- Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child
- Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child
- Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child
- Facilitating a Sexual Performance by a Child with a Controlled Substance or Alcohol
SORA imposes a number of requirements upon sex offenders in New York, including:
- Provide name, all aliases used, date of birth, sex, race, height, weight, eye color, driver’s license number, home address and/or expected place of domicile, any internet accounts with internet access providers belonging to the sex offender and internet identifiers that the sex offender uses to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS);
- Provide a photograph and set of fingerprints to the NYS DCJS and update the photograph once every three years for level one or level two sex offenders or once every year for level three sex offenders;
- Provide sex offender’s employment address and/or expected place of employment to the NYS DCJS, for level two or level three sex offenders;
- Provide name and address of any institution of higher education at which the sex offender is or expects to be enrolled, attending or employed, and whether such offender resides in or will reside in a facility owned or operated by such institution to the NYS DCJS; and
- Notify NYS DCJS of any change of address.
SORA | NYS DCJS — More commonly known as “Megan’s Law,” SORA establishes requirements for sex offenders. You can read about registration and verification requirements as well as the duration of registration and verification. Additional sections cover notification of local law enforcement agencies of change of address, registration for change of address from another state, and petition for relief or modification.
Sex Offender Registry | NY CourtHelp — On this section of the New York State Unified Court System website, you can learn more about the New York State Sex Offender Registry. You can also find information about the New York State DNA Databank. The website includes a sex offenders basics section as well as a legal glossary.
Law Office of Stephanie Selloni | Garden City Sex Offender Registration Lawyer
Do you think that you might be required to register as a sex offender in New York? Contact Law Office of Stephanie Selloni for help protecting your rights.
Nassau County criminal defense attorney Stephanie Selloni represents individuals in Oyster Bay, Long Beach, Hempstead, Mineola, Lynbrook, and many other surrounding areas of Long Island.
Call (516) 972-1212 or complete an online contact form to have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free initial consultation.