What Happens if You Don't Register as a Sex Offender in Wisconsin?

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What if You Don't Register as a Sex Offender in Wisconsin?

Failure to register as a sex offender is a crime. If you don’t register when you're supposed to, the court can find you guilty of a Class H felony. The court can issue a warrant for your arrest, and when police find you, you’ll be taken to the judge – and you could be sent to prison.

​Which Offenses Require Sex Offender Registration?

Many convictions require you to register as a sex offender in Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin. They’re all listed in Wisconsin Statute 301.45, but here’s a quick list of the most common:

  • Convicted child sex offender working with children
  • Exposing child to harmful material
  • False imprisonment when the victim is a minor and not your child
  • First-, second- and third-degree sexual assault
  • Forced viewing of sexual activity
  • Human trafficking
  • Incest
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Kidnapping
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Sexual intercourse or indecent behavior with a child
  • Sexually violent crimes

What You Need to Know About Failure to Register

Failing to register as a sex offender is a serious crime – but in some cases, people who are supposed to register simply lose track of what they’re supposed to do. In some cases, people are required to verify their addresses every 90 days; in others, it’s at least every year. 

What to Do if You’re in Trouble for Not Registering as a Sex Offender in Milwaukee

If you’re in trouble for not registering as a sex offender in Milwaukee or any other community, we may be able to help you. 

Call us at 414-383-6700 to talk to a compassionate, experienced sex crime defense lawyer or schedule your consultation online. We’ll ask you questions about your case and explain possible outcomes, and then we’ll begin developing a strategy that helps you start moving forward.

Carlos Gamino

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What if You Don't Register as a Sex Offender in Wisconsin - Carlos Gamino
By Carlos Gamino

If the court convicts you of certain crimes – like sexual assault, human trafficking for purposes of sex or possession of child pornography – you’ll be required to register as a sex offender.

But what if you don’t register as a sex offender in Wisconsin?

Here’s what you need to know.

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