In today’s culture, being accused of a sexual offense usually comes with a “guilty until proven innocent” response from the public. Sex crimes almost always carry heavy penalties and consequences that affect your everyday life, long after any formal punishments come to an end.
Mandatory registration as a sex offender, comparatively large fines, and mandatory minimum jail sentences are commonly associated with sex offenses in Wisconsin, as well as the rest of the country.
If you’ve been accused of a sex offense in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s crucial you have a full understanding of both the charges being levied against you, and what you need to do next to protect yourself.
The following list outlines some of the most common sex offenses in Wisconsin. If you’ve been accused of another sexual crime not listed here, contact a skilled criminal defense law firm to learn more about the penalties you risk facing for the charges you're up against.
If you or a loved one has been charged with sexual assault, rape or another such crime in Wisconsin, Stangl Law Offices, S.C. can provide a confidential and free consultation at no obligation to discuss your case.
Penalties for Sexual Assault in Wisconsin
Also referred to as “sexual battery,” sexual assault is classified a felony under Wisconsin statute 940.225. In this state, laws were put in place to protect strangers, peers, and married couples equally, so no matter your relationship to others involved, charges almost always remain the same.
First-degree sexual assault: Sexual contact or intercourse without consent that causes pregnancy or great bodily harm. First degree also includes crimes committed through threats of violence which may or may not involve a deadly weapon.
Class B felony – up to 60 years in prison.
Second degree sexual assault: Second degree sexual assaults includes nonconsensual sexual contact or intercourse that causes moderate injury, illness, or mental harm. This also includes sexual contact with those who are incapable of giving consent. Instances of assault by specialized caregivers is classified as second degree sexual assault in Wisconsin.
Class C felony – fines of up to $100,000, up to 40 years in prison, or both.
Third degree sexual assault: Class G felony – fine of up to $25,000, up to ten years in prison, or both.
Fourth degree sexual assault: Class A misdemeanor – fine of up to $10,000, up to nine months in jail, or both.
Read the article, "Sex Offender Registration in Wisconsin: Know the Basics" by Stangl Law.
Possible defenses for sexual assault charges in Wisconsin
Many sexual assault charges hinge significantly on whether or not there consent was established. Questions often arise to determine what constituted consent in the case as well as what constitutes refusal. The question of when “No” means “No” can often bring complicated matters into light that can make what seems to be and open and shut case more complex.
If you're hestitant to discuss the details of your case due to the sensitive nature of the charges you're facing, understand the more information you can share with an experienced criminal defense attorney, the better job he or she can do with your defense.
The first step after being accused with a sexual assault charge
No matter what legal situation you find yourself in, sexual assault charges can carry far-reaching and long-term penalties which can permanently affect your everyday life. To ensure you’re in position to protect yourself with every resource available to you, it’s crucial to secure experienced legal council as soon as possible.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys can evaluate your charges completely, advise you on the potential penalties you face based on the strength of the prosecution’s position, anticipate strategies, and develop a defense approach that give you the best chance at a favorable outcome.
If you've been charged with sexual assault, or another sexual offense in Wisconsin, contact an experienced Wisconsin criminal defense attorney right away to start exploring options for your defense.
Wisconsin Sexual Assault Defense Attorney
Attorney Patrick J. Stangl is committed to protecting the rights of his clients and providing the best possible defense. In practice since 1991, Attorney Stangl understands how devastating it can seem to clients who find themselves facing criminal charges of a sexual nature, and maintains a professional and confidential manner when discussing such cases.
If you've been charged with rape, sexual assault or any other sexual crime in Wisconsin, Attorney Stangl can provide for your a free and confidential consultation at no obligation to discuss the charges you're facing and explore options for your defense.
A Sampling of Attorney Stangl's Sexual Defense Victories for Clients in Wisconsin:
State of Wisconsin v. C.A. Rusk County
Child Enticement – Dismissed
State of Wisconsin v. T.P. Rusk County
Sexual Assault to a Child – Dismissed – Expunged
State of Wisconsin v. J.O. Dane County
Sexual Assault – Amended to Disorderly Conduct
State of Wisconsin v. R.B. Marquette County
Sexual Assault – Dismissed
State of Wisconsin v. N.M. Dane County
Sexual Assault – Amended to Civil Forfeiture