THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK RESPONDENT v. BRIAN ALLPORT DEFENDANT APPELLANT

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT, v. BRIAN ALLPORT, DEFENDANT–APPELLANT.

KA 15–00656

Decided: December 23, 2016

PRESENT:  WHALEN, P.J., SMITH, PERADOTTO, NEMOYER, AND SCUDDER, JJ. THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (BENJAMIN L. NELSON OF COUNSEL), FOR DEFENDANT–APPELLANT. JOSEPH V. CARDONE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ALBION (KATHERINE BOGAN OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum:  On appeal from an order classifying him as a level two risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act ( [SORA] Correction Law § 168 et seq.), defendant contends that he was denied effective assistance of counsel at the SORA classification proceeding.  We reject that contention.  Defendant's contention that his attorney at the classification proceeding should have challenged each of the points assessed is without merit.  “It is well established that ‘[a] defendant is not denied effective assistance of ․ counsel merely because counsel does not make a motion or argument that has little or no chance of success' “ (People v. Greenfield, 126 AD3d 1488, 1489, lv denied 26 NY3d 903, quoting People v. Stultz, 2 NY3d 277, 287, rearg. denied 3 NY3d 702).  Here, the record establishes that there was no colorable basis for challenging any of the points assessed.  With respect to defendant's further contention that counsel was ineffective in failing to seek a downward departure from defendant's presumptive risk level, “we conclude that there are no ‘mitigating factors warranting a downward departure from his risk level’ “ (id.).  Thus, contrary to defendant's contention, “[c]ounsel could have reasonably concluded that there was nothing to litigate at the hearing” (People v. Reid, 59 AD3d 158, 159, lv denied 12 NY3d 708;  see People v. Westfall, 114 AD3d 1264, 1264;  see also People v. Bowles, 89 AD3d 171, 181, lv. denied 18 NY3d 807).

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court