Sex Offender Registration
In New York State, all sex offenders, whether convicted here or out-of-state, are required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act, sometimes known as Megan's Law. The length of time of registration and reporting requirements vary based on a risk assessment of the sex offender. Not all New York sex offenders must be listed on the internet, but if a judge determines you are moderate- or high-risk, you will be listed on the state and federal sex offender websites. In New York, offenders deemed by a judge to be low risk or "Level One" are not listed on the internet.
Anyone subject to sex offender registration in New York is entitled to a hearing before a judge to determine his or her risk level. The SORA Risk Assessment hearing is a very important phase of a criminal case. Depending on the circumstances, a hearing can take place when the defendant is sentenced, when his prison sentence is about to end, or shortly after he moves to New York. You are entitled to be notified of the evidence against you and to present witnesses at the hearing. You also have a right to counsel at the hearing. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the court must provide you with one at no charge. If you disagree with the risk assessment, you have a right to appeal it.
If you live in New York and think you might be subject to sex offender registration, please call us at (212) 685-0999 for a free consultation.
For more information on sex offender registration, please see our Sex Offender Registration FAQs below and our Glossary of Legal Terms.