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Racine residents protest sex offender's move to neighborhood

Registration as a sex offender is required for almost all Wisconsin residents convicted of a sex crime, and as many past offenders can attest, it's a penalty that can be just as difficult to bear as a sentence behind bars. Many Wisconsin cities have ordinances that place limits on where registered sex offenders can live, and even without an ordinance a landlord may not be willing to rent to a known sex offender. Add to those logistics the distrust of neighbors who learn of the offender's move into the area, and it can be easy to understand why many offenders have a hard time adjusting to life after prison.

Audit accuses Wisconsin foster care agency of fraud

The child foster care system plays a vital role in the state of Wisconsin. It's responsible for managing the welfare of thousands of children who have lost their parents or cannot live with them for various reasons. Like many other social service agencies, foster care firms often struggle to provide adequate means for their clients to succeed in life, in part because they rely on public funds that can shrink as state and county budgets do.

Milwaukee man gets 18 months for groping incidents

Sexual offenses are categorized according to their level of seriousness by degrees, similar to other crimes. Not surprisingly, first-degree sex crimes such as rape or the sexual assault of a young child carry the highest penalties, while misdemeanors such as public exposure come with much lighter sentences. But that doesn't mean prosecutors in Wisconsin don't take these "lesser" crimes seriously. Just like the most heinous sex crimes, the media exposure and penalties that come with more minor offenses can derail a defendant's plans for the future.

Milwaukee father, son, 2 others charged in counterfeiting ring

A Milwaukee man and his 20-year-old son have been indicted on federal charges of possessing, selling and passing counterfeit U.S. currency, along with two other men. Their arrests came after an investigation that spanned almost two years and involved local and federal law enforcement officials, as well as confidential informants and store employees where the men allegedly tried to pass the fake bills.

Options running out for sex offender hit with new charges

While most communities don't care to tolerate any type of crime, few crimes get as strong a reaction as a sex offense. Judges, prosecutors and legislators in Wisconsin are under intense pressure to come down hard on sex offenders and punish them to the highest degree possible. As a result, sex crimes carry lengthy prison sentences and offenders are typically required to register with law enforcement authorities after their sentences have ended.

Wisconsin woman convicted of sexual abuse avoids civil liability

We discuss a wide variety of cases on our criminal defense blog, but it may surprise readers to learn that defendants in criminal cases may also be sued for civil liability, usually by a victim or the victim's family. Whether or not the defendant is found guilty in criminal court doesn't necessarily dictate the outcome of a civil lawsuit, but both cases require a highly effective defense attorney.

10 Wisconsin teens accused of selling prescription drugs

As we've discussed in past blog posts, being charged with a crime can have serious negative consequences. Those who have been convicted of a felony are usually required to disclose that criminal history to employers, which can easily take them out of the running for a prospective job. Landlords, too, may be reluctant to offer a lease to someone who's been found guilty of a crime.

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