NYS Sex Offender Registry Level 1—How Strict Is It?

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The A–Z of the NYS Sex Offender Registry Level 1

Are you worried about sex offenders near you, or do you know of a sex offender and wondering how dangerous he/she can be? DoNotPay is here to explain the laws on the NYS Sex Offender Registry Level 1 offenders.

We will also show you how to search the New York sex offender registry website. If you're looking for a better and more straightforward solution, you can use DoNotPay to of living close to sex offenders.

Understanding the Sex Offender Levels in NY

According to New York State sex offender laws, the perpetrators are classified into three categories. The category they belong to depends on the risk that the offender will repeat the offense and is determined at the time of their sentence or release from jail or prison.

The Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders evaluates each case and defines the risk level, which is followed by a hearing where the judge assigns the level to the offender.

Levels Risk of Repeating a Sex Offense
Level 1Low
Level 2Medium
Level 3High

Assigning appropriate risk levels is unique for each sex offender, and it's possible for those convicted of the same crime to receive different risk levels.

Sex offenders also have the following designations:

  • Sexual predator
  • Sexually violent offender
  • Predicate sex offender

These designations, along with risk levels, determine how long an offender must register for.

NYS Sex Offender Laws on Registration

Sex offenders in New York State need to register with the local authorities soon after they are released into society. NYS sex offender laws regarding registration are strict and are outlined below:

  • Sex offenders need to register with the Department of Criminal Justice System (DCJS)
  • When updating the NYS Sex Offender Registry, Level 1 sex offenders with no designation need to register for 20 years. Level 2, Level 3, and Level 1 offenders with designation need to register for life
  • All sex offenders are required to register every year on the anniversary of the initial registration
  • When changing addresses, the sex offender needs to notify the DCJS within ten days of moving
  • Level 1 and 2 offenders need to take a new photograph for the registry every three years. Level 3 offenders need to register a new photograph every year
  • Sex offenders need to report in writing any higher education institutions they’re attending or are employed by and notify DCJS of any changes within ten days
  • Offenders need to register their internet service providers, screen names, and email accounts
  • Level 3 offenders and sexual predators need to update their addresses every three months
  • Sex offenders who do not register will be charged with a felony

Residential and Travel Restrictions

There are multiple restrictions that sex offenders in New York need to abide by, as outlined in the table below:

ResidencyThe New York Sex Offender Registration Act does not restrict where a registered sex offender may live depending on their level. NYS sex offender laws state that offenders under parole or supervision may be prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare center
TravelSex offenders traveling to New York need to register within ten days of arriving in the state if they plan on staying for over 14 days

NYS Sex Offender Laws on Publicizing Information

Under Megan's Law, information on sex offenders should be made public to prevent further crimes. Depending on the level of the sex offender, the community will be notified when a sex offender moves into the neighborhood.

The table depicts the notification system by levels:

LevelWho Is Notified?
Level 1The law enforcement agencies
Level 2Law enforcement agencies and those likely to be attacked
Level 3Law enforcement agencies, those likely to be attacked, and other persons if required

How To Search the NYS Sex Offender Registry

You can search for sex offenders in New York and map out those near you.

To get the info on Level 1 offenders in NY, you will need to call 800-262-3257 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (public holidays excluded). The caller needs to provide the offender's name and one of these four identifiers:

  • Exact address
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license number

You should know that the DCJS does not list Level 1 offenders on its website.

To search the NYS Sex Offender Registry for Level 2 and 3 offenders:

  1. Open the Department of Criminal Justice Services website
  2. Select Sex Offenders from the menu
  3. Fill out one of the fields:
    • Last Name
    • County
    • Zip Code
  4. Check any of the boxes to exclude one or more categories from the search results:
  • Incarcerated
  • ICE Custody
  • In Custody
  1. Confirm you are not a robot
  2. Hit the Search button

You can sign up to receive alerts via email every time a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender moves into or from your area of interest.

How To Search for Sex Offenders Using DoNotPay

Using the NYS Sex Offender Registry can be confusing. DoNotPay can run searches on sex offenders on your behalf and provide results in seconds. To use DoNotPay to search for sex offenders in New York, here's what you need to do:

  1. Key in Sex Offender Search in the search box
  2. Type in your address and specify the mile range
  3. Select the weekly check option

DoNotPay will automatically search for the sex offenders and generate a full report. You can also choose to receive weekly updates with information on newly registered sex offenders near you.

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