People in New York who have been accused of sex crimes will want to understand the potential penalties associated with their offenses if they are ultimated convicted of the crimes. Registration as a sex offender may allow the public to view information about them. However, according to the New York State Sex Offender Registry, only zip code locations are provided for some people based upon their court-appointed risk levels

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services explains that there are a total of six different categories into which a person convicted of a sex crime might be placed. These include levels of believed risk for reoffending from 1on the low end to 3on the high end. In addition, a person might be identified in one of three categories as a predicate sex offender, a sexual predator or a sexually violent predator. A defendant does have the right to petition the court for a change in their risk level.

Anyone who is identified in one of the three categories listed above must register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. This is true regardless of what their reoffending risk level has been set at. Anyone who is identified as a risk level 2 or 3 without such a designation must also register for life. A level 1 risk with no associated designation required registration for 20 years.

A person who is a risk level with no added designation may be able to ask the court to relieve the registration requirement after their first 30 years of registering.