Wisconsin State legislation calls for mandatory
sex offender registration as a penalty to just about every
sex crimes conviction. Essentially, if the government determines that you have indeed
committed a sex-related crime, it wants to let the public know about it.
But how many people can really access the federal lists of sexual offenders?
And just what do these lists include? The answers might surprise and upset you.
When your sentencing says that you must add your name to a public list
of sex offenders, it really does mean public. Now that basically everyone
can access the internet at any given moment, sexual offender registration
websites can be viewed whenever and by whoever, and for whatever reason.
No court order or warrant is necessary to see the lists. Once a potential
employer or landlord sees that you are on a sex offender list, they can
discard your application based on this alone without it being considered
discrimination. You might also be removed from your current residence
if it is within a certain number of feet of a schoolyard.
Information that you need to include on your registration includes:
- Description of any vehicles you own or operate, if applicable
- Description of appearance (or a photograph)
- Name and address of any of your employers
- Name, nicknames, previous names, and aliases
- Offense related to registration and other sex crimes
- Physical mailing address of residence
You may also be surprised to find that
you need to complete the registration yourself. Even though it was the court’s
idea to make you register, they will not assist you during the process.
Furthermore, if you make a mistake on your registration or fail to do
so entirely, it may be considered a criminal violation permitting the
police to arrest and prosecute you once again.
In the end, mandatory sexual offender registration is something you should
try to avoid at all costs. It is simply too damaging to your reputation
and your freedoms. By working with a Milwaukee sex crimes attorney from
the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, you can fight to have your
charges dismissed or sentencing reduced during your sex crime case. If
you have already been convicted, it might also be possible to file for
an appeal that could overturn the court’s decision.
Learn all of your legal options today by calling 414.882.8382 and requesting a