Currently, convicted sex offenders in Milwaukee may not live within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, child care centers and the like. However, the bulk of residency restrictions for sex offenders would be lifted under a plan approved by the Milwaukee Common Council this week.
The proposal comes after challenges to Milwaukee’s existing ordinance detailed in a lawsuit brought in May. Plaintiffs argued that existing policy violates the constitutional rights of offenders and leaves too few housing options in Milwaukee.
Following the adoption of Wednesday’s proposal, sex offenders on the registry would be free to live where they like in the city with limited exceptions.
There are various offenses that require under Wisconsin Statute 301.45 sex offender registration. Sex offenses subject to registration may include convictions for violations such as 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree sexual assault; human trafficking; sexual exploitation by a therapist; possession of child pornography; and other sex crimes involving minors.
The Wisconsin sex offender registry contains a significant amounts of personal data on offenders which includes details surrounding convictions and terms of subsequent release, including where the offender resides. Details regarding internet activity such as email accounts and social media profiles, names of employers and schools or other personal information may also be required. Offenders must provide updated information within 10 days a change or be in violation of the law.
The fact that you are included in the Wisconsin sex offender registry is available to the general public, which can represent a problem for offenders for years to come regardless of the circumstances of the crime.
Getting placed on the sex offender registry is not of little consequence. Of course, in certain circumstances, it is possible to avoid the sex offender registry by petitioning the court therefore it is very important to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer who is familiar sex offender registration and the application process.
Contact an Experienced Wisconsin Sex Offender Criminal Defense Attorney
Contact the Wisconsin sex crime criminal defense lawyers of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for assistance if you have been charged with a Wisconsin sex crime. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you or your family member is a critical step towards protecting your future. Call for a confidential and free consultation at 262-542-3900.
Source: Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, “Milwaukee Common Council votes to lift sex offender residency restrictions”, by Mary Spicuzza, September 6, 2017.