What is the Sex Offender Registry and How Can I Avoid It?

If you are convicted of nearly any type of sex offense in Rochester or elsewhere in New York, you will likely be required to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry. It is critical to understand what is involved in having to register as a sex offender, what that will mean for you following a conviction, and how you can avoid having to register as a sex offender in Rochester. In short, in order to avoid sex offender registry requirements, you will need to avoid a sex crime conviction. When you are facing any kind of sex offense charges, it is essential that you seek advice from a Rochester sex crimes defense lawyer who can help you develop a strong defense to the charges you are facing. In the meantime, we can provide you with more information about the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

Specific Sex Offenses Require Registration

New York State maintains a list of sex offenses that requires a person convicted of any of these offenses to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry. In addition, anyone who has been convicted of one of these offenses in another state must also register in New York upon moving to the state. Those offenses are varied, ranging from a Class B misdemeanor of sexual abuse in the third degree and Class A misdemeanors such as sexual misconduct or forcible touching to serious felony offenses such as Class B felonies like rape in the first degree or aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree, and the Class A felony of predatory sexual assault.

You should assume that if you are facing sex crime charges, the offense you are facing will likely require sex offender registration upon conviction.

Sex Offender Registry includes a Public Directory for Level 2 and 3 Sex Offenders

Level 1 sex offenders are still required to register, but they are considered to have a “low risk of re-offense” and will not be listed in the public directory in most circumstances. However, both Level 2 sex offenders who are considered to have a “medium risk of re-offense” and Level 3 sex offenders who are considered to have a “high risk of re-offense” will be listed in the public directory. Once you are listed in the public directory, anyone from the general public can find your name, location, physical description, photograph, and sex offense.

Sex Offender Registration Coincides with Other Requirements After Your Sentence Has Been Served

Even after you have served the terms of your sentence, you should know that sex offender registration often coincides with other requirements under New York law following a sex crime conviction, including paying your sex offender registration fee and paying a supplemental sex offender victim fee. In addition, you will need to supply a DNA sample, and you will be required to pay for your DNA sample to be included in the New York State DNA Databank.

Contact a Sex Crimes Defense Attorney in Rochester

Given the serious and life-altering consequences of a sex crime conviction and the required sex offender registration, you need to do everything you can to avoid a conviction. Our Rochester criminal defense attorneys can help. Contact King Law today to begin working with our firm on a defense strategy based on the details of your arrest.


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