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Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys in Glendale and Whitefish Bay

In Whitefish Bay, a sexual assault that is convicted as a Class C felony could carry a penalty of up to 40 years in prison and/or a fine reaching $100,000. Penalties vary based on the specific details under state statute.

If you are facing sexual assault charges in Glendale or Whitefish Bay, call Grieve Law's criminal defense attorneys at (414) 949-1789 for a free consultation. 

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Penalties for Sexual Assault in Milwaukee County

In Wisconsin, sexual assault is a felony and the circumstances of the crime greatly impact the penalties you may face.

1st Degree sexual assault is a Class B felony, penalties include:

  • Maximum of 60 years in prison
  • Registration on the Wisconsin sex offender list

2nd Degree sexual assault is a Class C felony, penalties include:

  • Maximum of 40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000
  • Registration on the Wisconsin sex offender list

3rd Degree sexual assault is a class G felony, penalties include:

  • Maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000
  • Registration on the Wisconsin sex offender list

4th Degree sexual assault is a Class A misdemeanor, penalties include:

  • Up to 9 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Registration on the Wisconsin sex offender list


Penalties for any sexual assault conviction will increase if the charge includes:

  • Using or threatening to use a weapon
  • Sexual assault resulting in pregnancy, disease transmission or physical injury
  • Sexual assault with more than one attacker
  • Sexual assault of a minor

Any conviction of sexual assault in Wisconsin requires registering as a sex offender upon release from prison. You will need to continually update your address with law enforcement and face restrictions on residence and employment. If unsure of your felony or misdemeanor classification, contact Grieve Law for clarification or to learn more about Wisconsin’s misdemeanor classes. The stakes are high, so expert legal guidance is critical to avoid a lifelong devastating conviction.

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Skilled Legal Defense Against Sexual Abuse and Assault Charges in Glendale and Whitefish Bay

If you face allegations of sexual abuse, assault or misconduct, having an experienced lawyer on your side is critical. The expert criminal defense attorneys at Grieve Law thoroughly examine the charges against you and build a vigorous defense aimed at reducing or dismissing them. With so much at stake, trust our in-depth understanding of Wisconsin sex crime laws to protect your rights.

Our Milwaukee County defense attorneys represent clients facing:

  • Rape Charges
  • Statutory Rape Charges
  • Date Rape Charges
  • Criminal Sexual Abuse or Sexual Assault Charges
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault Charges
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Charges
  • Prostitution Charges or Sexual Solicitation Charges

Grieve Law understands Wisconsin prosecutors aggressively pursue sex crime allegations and are often resistant to hearing the defendant’s perspective.

During your free consultation, our Glendale attorneys will listen closely to the details of your case to build your strongest defense. No matter where you live in Milwaukee County, we will thoroughly explain your options and provide clarity on what to expect moving forward.

Our team has extensive experience crafting strategic legal defenses in sex crime cases. We dig into every facet of your case to identify the most effective ways to get charges reduced or dismissed. With our skilled attorneys on your side, you can feel empowered to fight the allegations and avoid conviction.

How are degrees of sexual assault defined? 

Sexual assault falls into four degrees of severity, 1st Degree is the most serious.

1st Degree Sexual Assault

There are four types of 1st Degree sexual assault.

  • Non-consensual sexual contact resulting in pregnancy or great bodily harm
  • Sexual contact involving the use or threat of a deadly weapon
  • Violent non-consensual sexual contact aided by another person
  • Sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 by threat of force or violence

2nd Degree Sexual Assault

2nd Degree sexual assault includes:

  • Sexual contact by threat of force or violence resulting in injury, disease, or mental anguish requiring psychiatric care
  • Sexual assault aided by another person but without a threat of violence, covering sex with an intoxicated, unconscious, or mentally impaired person.
  • Sexual contact with a child under 16 without the threat of violence and does not result in injury

3rd Degree Sexual Assault

3rd Degree sexual assault includes:

  • Any other non-consensual sex
  • Non-consensually ejaculating, urinating, or defecating on someone

4th Degree Sexual Assault

4th Degree sexual assault includes:

  • Any other non-consensual sexual contact without intercourse, such as groping

Learn more about the four degrees of sexual assault, penalties and sentencing guidelines

What if I am innocent? 

Many sexual assault cases come down to misunderstandings around consent and “no means no.” Unfortunately, false accusations are common due to miscommunications or ulterior motives. There is, unfortunately, often an assumption of guilt until you prove innocence.

4 Steps to Fight False Sexual Assault Allegations

If you face charges but know you are innocent, the attorneys at Grieve Law will fiercely advocate to maintain the presumption of innocence and minimize penalties. Here are key steps to take:

  • Contact Grieve Law immediately to start building your legal defense. Time is critical.
  • Understand your rights and avoid jeopardizing your case when dealing with the police.
  • Document as many details as possible about the incident while memories are fresh.
  • Make a list of potential witnesses who could aid your defense.

We know false sexual assault allegations are terrifying. Lean on our team to strategically develop your case highlighting consent and disproving allegations. Skilled legal advocacy makes all the difference in protecting yourself against devastating charges.

Milwaukee County Sex Crime Stats



Sodomy/Oral Sex

Sexual Assault With an Object



Statutory Rape

All Sex Offenses

Bayside  0 0 0  0 0 0 0
Brown Deer  2 1 0  4 0 1
Cudahy 0 0 0 1 13 
Fox Point 0 0 0 0
Franklin 0 1 0 0
Glendale 0 0 0 2
Greendale 0 0 0 0
Greenfield 3 0 0 1 17 
Hales Corners 0 0 0 0
Marquette University PD 0 0 0 0
Milwaukee Co 2 1 1 7 0 0 11
Milwaukee 312  106 24 274  4 54 774 
Oak Creek 11 3 0 12  0 2 28 
River Hills 0 0 0 0 0
Shorewood 0 0 0 2
South Milwaukee 0 0 0 5 13 
St. Francis 0 0 0 0
UW-Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wauwatosa 4 2 0 11  0 2 19 
West Allis 13  3 0 51  0 4 71 
West Milwaukee 3 0 0 0 0
Whitefish Bay 0 0 0 0 1
Total  376 119 26  399 4 75  999

 Glendale Criminal Defense Lawyers Believe in Your Right to a Powerful Defense

The attorneys at Grieve Law firmly believe anyone facing criminal allegations deserves access to a robust legal defense. Turn to Grieve Law when you need the best attorneys in Milwaukee County.

We provide free consultations and flexible payment options because finances should not be a barrier to justice. Our Glendale attorneys are dedicated to building the strongest possible case on your behalf.

Contact our Glendale sexual assault defense lawyers and schedule your free legal consultation.

How long do sexual assault charges stay on my record?

Regardless of whether a charge is a Class B felony or a Class A misdemeanor, it will stay on your record forever. A class A misdemeanor could be expunged but that merely seals your record and does dismiss the charges. Many of these charges come with extended periods of time on the sex offender registry, and possibly the rest of someone’s life. The registry is very public information and that stain on your reputation will stay with you forever. Felonies also come with other lifetime penalties such as a ban on possessing firearms.

How to beat a sexual assault charge

First, you need an aggressive, experienced criminal defense attorney who knows all possible defenses in these situations. How trustworthy is the victim? Are they exaggerating the truth? Is there DNA evidence to prove any of these allegations? There are many ways to address and defend such serious charges and you need someone who will explore every avenue for your case.

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