What Happens if I Don't Register?
Failure to register or verify is a separate crime. In July 2007, the New York Legislature increased the penalty for failure to register so that the first offense is an E felony, punishable by more than a year in state prison. A second or subsequent failure to register is a D felony. Failure to register is also a basis for violation of parole or revocation of probation. See Corr. L. 168-t.
Because the burden is on the offender to register, failure to register is a particularly easy crime to prove in court if indeed you have failed to register. However, the police and the state occasionally misplace sex offender registrations, giving rise to false accusations. If this has happened to you, you need an aggressive attorney to protect your rights. Please contact our office for more information.