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What are the New York sex offender risk levels?

New York’s state sex offender laws create three risk level designations. They are:

Level 1 (low risk of repeat offense)
Level 2 (moderate risk of repeat offense)
Level 3 (high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists)

A convicted sex offender’s designated risk level affects their rights in many ways, including where they can live and work, the duration of their registration, and what information about them is available to the public. Part of a defense attorney’s job is to argue for a lower initial risk level designation, as well as to later petition the court to lower the original designation based on mitigating factors such as treatment received.

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