SORA: Sex Offender Registry Hearings and Appeals

Since 1996, the Sex Offender Registration Act, known as “SORA,” requires that individuals register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services when they are released from prison after completing sentences for sex offenses or when they are sentenced to probation for such crimes.  Appellate Advocates represents clients at SORA hearings. 

There are three levels of SORA registration.  The risk level determination may result in lifetime reporting obligations and can require the disclosure of detailed personal information on the Division of Criminal Justice website.  This information may include the individual’s photograph, home and work address, and details of the underlying offense. 

At the SORA hearing, a judge determines which of the three levels an individual is subject to.  The judge considers the individual’s risk of re-offense, the underlying offense, any other criminal history, post-offense behavior, and future prospects.  Individuals have a right to be present and a right to counsel at a SORA hearing. 

The SORA attorneys at Appellate Advocates evaluate each individual’s case, strive to identify legal claims that will result in lowest level of registration, and represent individuals at their SORA hearings. 

Appellate Advocates also represents clients on appeals that result from SORA hearing determinations.