Conviction of any crime can have a negative impact on your life, but sex crimes are in a category all their own. They can devastate almost every aspect of your life – right on down to your sense of privacy. Everyone in your neighborhood, anyone that knows you, potential employers and landlords, prospective intimate partners and friends can all learn of your status as a sex offender within the state. Learn more about what it means to register on Wisconsin’s sex offender registry and discover how an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid these potential consequences, as well as many others.
Registering as a Sex Offender
Wisconsin’s Sex Offender Registration Program (SORP) and state law require that convicted sex offenders provide specific information to the registry. This includes:
- All names and aliases;
- Identifying information (date of birth, gender, age, race, hair color, etc.);
- Description of all convictions;
- Details on any vehicles;
- Terms of supervision or probation; and
- Information about school or employer.
Registrants must update their information each year, or when information their information changes. Most offenses require that convicted individuals register for 15 years from the date of their discharge from supervision, probation, or parole. However, there are certain crimes that require registration for the rest of one’s natural life. Any failure to comply with any of the registration requirements can result in additional consequences for the convicted sex offender.
How Registering Can Impact Your Life
Being required to register as a sex offender makes your conviction a very public matter, and that can affect your life in many ways. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice did a study on registered sex offenders and found, not only were they at risk of job loss and difficulty finding housing or employment but most had also indicated that their personal lives had dissolved.
Much of this negative effect is traced back to the registry system itself. However, it also stems from a societal misunderstanding on the sex offender registry system and the people that are on it. People simply assume that everyone on the registry is guilty of extremely heinous crimes. However, this is rarely the case. Details matter – sometimes more than people realize.
Contact Our Pewaukee Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers
If you have reason to believe that you may be facing charges for a sex offense, or if you have already been charged, contact Bucher Law Group, LLC for assistance. Our experienced Pewaukee sex crimes defense lawyer will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome in your case, no matter what the situation. Schedule a consultation in Lake County or Milwaukee County by calling 262-303-4916 today.