For information on local laws, it is recommended that you contact the town, village, city or county in which you are interested.

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The Sex Offender Registration Act does not restrict where a registered sex offender may live.

However, if the offender is under parole or probation supervision, other New York State laws may limit the offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school or other facility caring for children. Additionally, there may be local laws in a particular county, city, town or village that restrict where a sex offender may live.

There are three levels, based upon an offender's risk of committing another sex crime and harm to the community: Level 1 (low), Level 2 (moderate), and Level 3 (high).

As a general rule, the sentencing court will determine an offender's risk level at the time of sentencing (in probation cases) or at the time of release from custody (in jail or prison cases).

However, a juvenile offender convicted of a sex crime is required to register.

Information about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders can be obtained by checking the DCJS website, which includes a search for Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders.

More information Failure to perform any of the registration obligations is a felony level crime.

A first conviction is punishable as a Class E felony; a second or subsequent conviction is punishable as a Class D felony. They must notify DCJS no later than 10 days of establishing residency in New York, and then the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders reviews their cases to determine if they have to register in New York State.

By law, DCJS cannot list Level 1 offenders on its website.

Effective March 15, 2010, you can now register to receive alerts – via e-mail, text message, fax or telephone – whenever a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offender listed on the public subdirectory moves to, or from, a community of interest to you or your family.

If they are registerable, then a court where the offender resides will hold a hearing to determine his/her risk level. However, they must notify DCJS of their new address no later than 10 days after the move.