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Sex Offender Registry Relief

The Registry consists of three different tiers of risk. The level that a person receives can have a dramatic impact on a person's life. Those listed online often face harassment, discrimination, and social exclusion. Some of the key differences in levels include:

Level 1 - Low Risk:

  • 20 Year Registration
  • Information NOT available to the general public on the state sex offender website
  • Limited community notification

Level 2 - Moderate Risk:

  • Lifetime Registration
  • Information available online including photograph, exact address, employer address, and details of the crime
  • Increased community notification

Level 3 - High Risk:

  • Lifetime Registration
  • Information available online including photograph, exact address, vehicle and license plate number, employer address, and details of the crime
  • Must register current address in person every 90 days
  • Additional proximity, residency, and presence restrictions
  • Highest level of community notification

Petitioning The Court For A Level Reduction

New York State law allows for individuals to apply for a risk level reduction once per calendar year. A level reduction can greatly increase an individual's quality of life. For instance, a person may petition for a reduction to level 1, removing their information from the state registry website, and relieving them of the duty to register altogether after 20 years.

It can be argued that a person has been designated improperly creating barriers to housing, employment, and otherwise limiting their ability to participate in the community. A petition can also demonstrate that an individual’s circumstances or risk have changed over time.

Who Is Eligible for SORA Modifications in New York?

  • Any person required to register or verify pursuant to SORA who is a risk level 2 or 3. Level 1 is the lowest and cannot be modified
  • A person who was designated as a sexual predator, a sexually violent offender or a predicate sex offender may apply for modification, however that designation cannot be removed.

What Must I Prove?

  • That the current and future risk of repeat offense has changed
  • The threat to public safety is less than previously determined

How Long Must I Wait After My Initial Designation Hearing?

While there is no law that deals with timing, it is recommended that a petitioner show a significant time in the community without re-offense. Some positive contributing factors include:

  • History of stable employment
  • Success in treatment
  • Maintaining intimate relationships
  • Social support
  • Current Age
  • Risk assessment from a qualified clinician

More Information

If you would like to learn more about how our team can help you obtain a sex offender registry level reduction, do not hesitate to call (585) 286-5124 today and request a free case evaluation.

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