Sex Offender Registration in Wisconsin: Know The Basics Posted by Attorney Stangl on September 28, Unlike other kinds of crimes, sexual assault , rape and other sex offenses in Wisconsin often require individuals to register with a public catalog of current sex offenders. This is called the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry. The information in the registry is made available to law enforcement agencies, victims, neighborhood watch groups and the general public via a website you can visit here.
The requirements of registering can be complicated and depend on several factors, as some convictions carry mandatory registration requirements while others do not. Registering as a sex offender can carry major implications and consequences that simply cannot be ignored. Read the article, "How to Handle a Sexual Assault Charge in Wisconsin" by Stangl Law to learn tips on what to do if you find yourself in this unenviable situation.
Who has to register as a sex offender in Wisconsin? The Wisconsin State Statues clearly lay out when sex offender registry is mandatory. Under Wisconsin Statute First, second, or third-degree sexual assault of an adult First or second-degree sexual assault of a child Repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child Sexual exploitation by a therapist Sexual exploitation of a child Trafficking a child Forcing a child to view or listen to sexual activity Incest involving a child Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime Soliciting a child for prostitution Sexual assault of a child placed in substitute care or by school staff Exposing a child to harmful materials Possession of child pornography Note that this is not an exhaustive, complete list.
These are some of the crimes seen most commonly which carry mandatory sex registration requirements. Like I mentioned earlier, some laws grant courts the ability to require a conviction based on the specifics of the case in question. Various forms of battery, false imprisonment, stalking, intimidation, lewd and lascivious behavior, solicitation, criminal trespassing, and many other crimes that can carry sexual implications and motivations can involve sex offender registration requirements.
These are covered more in-depth in Wisconsin Statute Click here to access the full statute. What does it take to register as a sex offender in Wisconsin? Name and any aliases if applicable Identifying information date of birth, gender, race, hair color, etc. Information describing his or her convictions Terms of any probation or supervision Vehicle details Information about his or her employer or school Registration information is updated annually.
How long does sex offender registration last in Wisconsin? Many sex offenses require individuals to remain registered inside the system for 15 years after being discharged from probation, supervision, or parole. For the most serious sexual offenses, registration remains permanent for life. First or second degree sexual assault of an adult or child Repeat acts with a child Acts with a child in substitute care Violent acts under Chapter Two or more convictions of the same sexual offense Facing rape charges, sexual assault charges or other sexual offenses require a strong defense.
If you or a loved one have been accused of a sex crime in Wisconsin, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney right away. Working from Madison and Hayward, Criminal Defense Attorney Pat Stangl has been defending clients against sexual offenses for over 25 years.
What are the consequences and implications of being a registered sex offender in Wisconsin? The repercussions of registration can be very damaging to your personal and professional life.