In Wisconsin, some convictions require people to register as sex offenders. What that means is that people must register with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry, which tracks people who have been convicted of sex offenses and shares information with the public. If you’ve been convicted of a sex offense and must register with the Wisconsin DOC, you may find this sex offender registration FAQ helpful.
Sex Offender Registration FAQ
These are common questions about sex offender registration in Wisconsin:
- How do I get off the sex offender registry in Wisconsin?
- Can sex offenders go to amusement parks?
- Can sex offenders be pardoned?
- Can sex offenders move to different states?
- Does being a sex offender show up on a background check?
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. How do I get off the sex offender registry in Wisconsin?
Some sentences require you to stay on the sex offender registry permanently. However, after a certain amount of time has passed and if there are no other offenses, some people can petition the court to ask to be taken from the registry. You should contact an attorney about your options if you think you may be eligible to be taken off the sex offender registry.
Related: Can you get sex crimes off your record?
#2. Can sex offenders go to amusement parks?
Generally speaking, sex offenders are prohibited from going to places “frequented by children,” so most amusement parks are off-limits. Many parks also have policies that ban people with sex-related convictions, as well.
#3. Can sex offenders be pardoned?
Sex offenders can be pardoned. However, obtaining a pardon from the governor of Wisconsin isn’t easy – and if you intend to try, you may need help from an attorney.
#4. Can sex offenders move to different states?
Sex offenders can move to different states. However, if you’re required to register in Wisconsin and move to another state, you will have to let law enforcement know that you’re moving – and you must find out what you have to do to register in your new state. If you fail to register in your new state, you will get caught, and that will lead to a whole host of other problems.
Related: What you need to know about internet sex crimes
#5. Does being a sex offender show up on a background check?
Being a sex offender can show up on a background check. The crimes that landed you on the sex offender registry in the first place will show up, and if your prospective employer checks the sex offender registry, your name will come up.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About a Sex Offense?
If you’re accused of a sex offense, the best thing you can do is get legal counsel. Call our office at 414-383-6700 now to schedule your free consultation – we may be able to defend you in court and help you get the best possible outcome.