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The People of the State of New York v. Ransom Z. Smith

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


November 13, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
RANSOM Z. SMITH,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Monroe County (Joseph D. Valentino, J.), rendered March 29, 2005.

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PRESENT: HURLBUTT, J.P., CENTRA, FAHEY, CARNI, AND PINE, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of sexual abuse in the first degree.

It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed.

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree (Penal Law § 130.65 [3]). He contends that his guilty plea was not knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily entered because Supreme Court failed to inform him that he would be certified as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law § 168 et seq.) as a consequence of his plea. Even assuming, arguendo, that defendant was not required to preserve that contention for our review (see generally People v Louree, 8 NY3d 541, 545-546), we conclude that it lacks merit. Certification as a sex offender "is a collateral consequence of the plea and thus the failure to advise defendant of that consequence does not undermine the voluntariness of the plea" (People v Smith, 37 AD3d 1141, 1142, lv denied 9 NY3d 851, 926).

Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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