Sex Offender Registration in Westchester County
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In 1996, the state of New York passed the Sex Offender Registration Act
(SORA) requiring all persons convicted of sex crimes to register as a
sex offender with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Under this
law, members of the public are provided information regarding the identity
and location of sex offenders within their vicinity. Sex offender registration
can have a serious impact on a person’s ability to find suitable
employment and housing and can forever ruin their reputation – even
after they have served their sentence. If you have been accused of a
sex crime and are facing SORA registration, it is imperative you contact a powerful
Westchester County sex crime lawyer from The Law Offices of Robert Schuster
as soon as possible to protect your future.
Contact our firm online today to discuss your situation with a skilled legal professional.
What Are the Different Levels of Sex Offender Registration?
Sex offenders are classified into three different levels based on the severity
of their alleged offense and their history of prior offenses. Level 1
sex offenders are considered low risk, while moderate and high risk offenders
are classified as Level 2 and Level 3, respectively. In addition, Level
3 sex offenders are also classified as either sexual predators, sexually
violent offenders, or predicate offenders. While Level 1 offenders only
need to be registered for a period of 20 years, Level 2 and 3 offenders
remain on the registry for life.
Sex offenders must disclose the following as public information:
- Name and aliases
- Name and address of employer
- License plate number
- Vehicle description
- Convicted offenses
SORA registration can result from conviction of a variety of different
offenses, such as rape, forcible touching, child pornography, statutory
rape, sexual assault, and child molestation. Registered sex offenders
are forced to live the rest of their life under intense scrutiny, oftentimes
ruining personal relationships and placing serious restrictions on where
they can live and work.
How Can An Attorney Help Me?
If you are facing SORA registration or are already a registered sex offender,
a skilled Westchester County SORA lawyer from The Law Offices of Robert
Schuster may be able to appeal for a modification to your registration
status to a lower level or even help you avoid registration completely.
Registered offenders who maintain a clean record for at least a year may
be able to have their registration status downwardly modified, which can
be a critical step towards repairing one’s reputation and quality
of life. In some cases, it is possible to appeal an offender’s SORA
level in pursuit of a less onerous status level. Furthermore, SORA modification
petitions may be submitted annually with a request for a hearing. Downward
departures from the risk assessment instrument can be requested at the
time of the determination. Upon a detailed examination of your specific
situation, our firm can help you evaluate your legal options and craft
a strategy that maximizes your chances of securing a desirable outcome.
Protecting your wellbeing is our top priority, and we are committed to
exploring every possible opportunity to help secure the results you need.
Schedule a consultation today to get started towards retaining the advocacy you deserve.