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.
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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.
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