Sexual offenses in Wisconsin can fall into four different categories. Not all of them
will require sex offender registration, but some might. These five categories
range from a first-degree offense to a fourth-degree offense. If you are
convicted of a sex crime, the court will determine your punishment based
on the seriousness of the offense. If sex offender registration is required,
it might be a status that lasts a lifetime.
Under Wisconsin Statute 301.45,
sex offender registration is mandatory for conviction of some of the following crimes:
There are additional crimes that may require sex registration, but conviction
will be based on the specifics of the case in question. Types of
battery, false imprisonment, intimidation, stalking, lewd and lascivious behavior,
solicitation, criminal trespassing, and more can carry sexual implications
and motivations and could involve sex offender registration requirements.
Many sex offenses require that those convicted remain registered for 15
years after being discharged from probation, supervision, or parole. However,
the most serious offenses require permanent registration, including the
- First- or second-degree sexual assault of an adult or child
- Repeat acts with a child
Violent acts under
Chapter 980 of the Wisconsin State Legislature
- Acts with a child in substitute care
- Two or more convictions of the same sexual offense
Registration as a sex offender, even for a shorter period of time, can
lead to serious social consequences. The U.S. Department of Justice conducted
a study of Wisconsin’s registered sex offenders and found that many
reported losing their jobs, were denied housing, and experienced dissolved
personal relationships because of their sex offender status. If you are
accused of a sex crime, make sure you give yourself the best chance of
keeping your rights and freedom. Talk to our experienced
Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer today.
Contact us at (414) 882-8382 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today.