New York Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) Requirements

The penalties for a sex crime offense extend beyond your prison time and fines. If you have been convicted of one of the following offenses listed under the New York Sex Offender Registration Act, you must register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services as a sex offender upon your release from prison:

  • Luring a Child
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Rape, all degrees
  • Incest, all degrees
  • Criminal Sexual Act, all degrees
  • Sodomy, all degrees
  • Forcible Touching
  • Sexual Abuse, all degrees
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse, all degrees
  • Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child
  • Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child
  • Persistent Sexual Abuse
  • Patronizing a Prostitute
  • Promoting Prostitution
  • Unlawful Imprisonment (depending on the age of the victim)
  • Kidnapping (depending on the age of the victim)
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Unlawful Surveillance
  • Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child
  • Predatory Sexual Assault

Community notification and the level of law enforcement scrutiny you will be subject to depend on your offender designation and risk level, which will be determined during a hearing upon your release. There are three risk levels:

  • Risk 1: There is a low likelihood of a repeat offense
  • Risk 2: There is a moderate likelihood of a repeat offense
  • Risk 3: Offender is of high risk of a repeat offense

Factors considered in determining your level are: the amount of violence used, the involvement of drugs or alcohol, the use of force, the number of victims, the ages of the victims, and the injuries associated with the criminal act.

Typically, registration is a lifetime requirement. There are, however, exceptions, such as a Level 1 offender who poses no risk. Some offenders may also qualify to file a petition for relief from registration or risk level.

If you have been charged with a sex crime in New York, contact Ostrer & Associates for a free initial confidential consultation.


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