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People v. Santana

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


April 20, 2010

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
JULIO SANTANA, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Bonnie G. Wittner, J.), entered on or about June 8, 2007, which adjudicated defendant a level three sex offender and sexually violent offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law art 6-C), unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Andrias, J.P., Sweeny, Renwick, Abdus-Salaam, Manzanet-Daniels, JJ.

9586/96

Assuming, without deciding, that the state and federal standards for effective assistance at a criminal trial apply to a sex offender adjudication (see People v Reid, 59 AD3d 158 [2009], lv denied 12 NY3d 708 [2009]), we conclude that defendant received effective assistance at the classification hearing (see People v Benevento, 91 NY2d 708, 713-714 [1998]; see also Strickland v Washington, 466 US 668 [1984]). Given the seriousness of the aggravating factors, counsel could have reasonably concluded there was nothing more that could be done to avoid an upward departure to level three (see People v DeFreitas, 213 AD2d 96, 101 [1995], lv denied 86 NY2d 872 [1995]). In any event, the alleged deficiencies in counsel's performance did not affect the outcome or deprive defendant of a fair hearing.

Defendant's argument that the People failed to provide him with notice of their intent to seek a risk level classification different from the Board's recommendation is improperly raised for the first time on appeal (see People v Charache, 9 NY3d 829 [2007]).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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