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In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a first degree sexual assault is a Class B felony that could result in up to 60 years in prison. Second-degree sexual assault could lead to 40 years in prison, fines up to $100,000 or both. Penalties decrease in third-and fourth-degree sexual assault.

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Penalties for Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

Sexual assault is a felony offense in Wisconsin, and different penalties apply depending on the circumstances of the crime.  Penalties for a Class C felony (second degree sexual assault of an adult) include:

  • Up to 40 years in prison
  • Fines up to $100,000
  • Or both

Penalties for sexual assault increase if the conviction includes:

  • Using or threatening to use a weapon
  • Rape resulted in pregnancy, disease, or serious physical injury
  • Sexual assault involved more than one attacker (gang rape)
  • Sexual assault of a minor child

Sexual assault can be a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances.  The circumstances of the conduct greatly impact the potential penalties. 

1st-degree sexual assault - Class B felony:

 

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

 

2nd-degree sexual assault - Class C felony:

 

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

 

Lawyer for assault charges in Milwaukee WI3rd-degree sexual assault - Class G felony:

 

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

 

4th-degree sexual assault - Class A misdemeanor:

 

  • Up to 9 months jail
  • And/or Fines up to $10,000
  • Registration on the Wisconsin sex offender list

 

Penalties increase if the conviction includes:

 

  • Using or threatening to use a weapon
  • Rape resulting in pregnancy, disease, or injury
  • Sexual assault with multiple attackers (gang rape)
  • Sexual assault of a child

 

An additional penalty is that you’ll have to register as a sex offender. This means once you’re released from custody, you will have to continually register with local law enforcement.  Having to register can have an impact where you’re allowed to live and work. 

 

 

In addition to sentencing, being put on the sex offender registry means once released from prison, you will have to confirm your address with local law enforcement and it will affect where you can live and work.

Our criminal defense attorneys have negotiated multiple felonies down to misdemeanors, non-criminal tickets and outright dismissal of charges. Through negotiation or jury trial, our Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys faithfully represent your interests to the fullest under criminal law. Grieve Law LLC has the firearm, criminal defense, drug and DUI attorneys in the Milwaukee area trusted for results.

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyers Provide Powerful Defenses for Sex Crimes, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Charges in Wisconsin

The criminal defense lawyers at Grieve Law LLC provide strong defenses for sex crime charges in Wisconsin. Our sexual assault defense lawyers know sex crimes charges can result in severe criminal penalties.

When you’re charged with a sex crime, you will likely be facing jail time, mandatory registration as a sex offender (for years or life), not to mention possible loss of your job, reputation, marriage and children.

People Are Only Accused if Charged with a Crime

Our sexual assault defense lawyers represent the following sex crimes charges in Wisconsin:

  • Rape Charges
  • Statutory Rape Charges
  • Date Rape Charges
  • Criminal Sexual Abuse Charges or Sexual Assault Charges
  • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault Charges
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Charges
  • Prostitution Charges or Sexual Solicitation Charges
Learn more about the 4 degrees of sexual assault in Wisconsin and the penalties & sentencing guidelines.

Our sexual assault defense attorneys know prosecutors take sex crime charges in Wisconsin very seriously and are extremely reluctant to cut you any breaks or to even listen to your side of the story.

From the moment you receive free legal advice from our sexual assault defense lawyers we actively listen to the specifics of your case, explain your options in detail and inform you on what you can expect moving forward.

Our criminal defense lawyers produce sexual assault defenses which are incredibly smart, strategic and aggressive. We advise you on the best avenues for getting charges reduced or dropped based on mistaken identities, lack of incriminating evidence and other gray areas which come into play.

There are 4 degrees of severity of sexual assault in Wisconsin

1st Degree Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

There are four types of 1st-degree sexual assault:

 

  • Non-consensual sexual contact that results in pregnancy or great bodily harm.
  • Sexual contact involving the use or threat of a deadly weapon, such as a gun or knife. Even a fake gun counts, as long as the victim believes it’s a deadly weapon.
  • Violent non-consensual sexual contact aided by another person, such as in the case of gang rape. 
  • Sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 by the threat of force or violence.

 

 

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyers 

Our criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience for producing all types of winning defenses for everything from a DUI to drug charges in Milwaukee. Our criminal defense lawyers steadfastly defend your record, your rights, reputation and freedom.

When you need the very best criminal defense lawyers Milwaukee has to offer, turn to Grieve Law LLC.

2nd Degree Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

2nd-degree sexual assault is a broad category:

 

  • Sexual contact by the threat of force or violence or that results in injury, disease, or mental anguish requiring psychiatric care.
  • Sexual assault aided by another person, but without violence. 
  • Sex with an intoxicated, unconscious, or mentally impaired person, a caregiver having sex with a patient, and a prison guard or parole officer having sex with an inmate/parolee.
  • If sexual contact with a child under 16 does not include threats or violence and does not result in injury.

3rd Degree Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

3rd-degree sexual assault:

 

  • Any other non-consensual sex
  • Ejaculating, urinating, or defecating on someone.

 

4th Degree Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

4th-degree sexual assault:

  • Covers any other non-consensual sexual contact, short of intercourse. 
  • Groping falls under this category.

 

 

Our attorneys provide free legal advice consultations, reasonable rates and flexible payment plans. Whatever your budget, our criminal defense attorneys will work with you to ensure you get the very best possible defense for your case.

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience for producing all types of winning defenses for everything from a DUI in Waukesha to drug charges in Milwaukee and Wisconsin knife carry laws. Our Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers steadfastly defend your record, your rights, reputation and freedom.

When you need the very best criminal defense lawyers Milwaukee has to offer, turn to Grieve Law LLC.

Our attorneys provide free legal advice consultations, reasonable rates and flexible payment plans. Whatever your budget, our Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers will work with you to ensure you get the very best possible defense for your case.

Contact our Milwaukee sexual assault defense lawyers now to set up your free legal advice Wisconsin drug charge(s) case assessment.

How long will a sex assault charge be on my record?

In Wisconsin, a sex assault charge will remain on your record for the rest of your life.  Not only will the conviction follow you around, but you may also be forced to register as a sex offender for life.  A conviction can have a life long impact on your life, influencing every aspect of your life.

How to beat a sex assault charge

If you are facing sexual assault charges, the best things you can do is:

 

  • First, call Grieve Law
  • Know your rights & protect yourself
  • Don’t say anything to the officers that would jeopardize your innocence
  • Document the events on the night in question. The sooner you do this the more you may recall. 
  • Compile a list of potential witnesses 

Our criminal defense lawyers produce sexual assault defenses that are incredibly smart, strategic, and aggressive. We advise you on the best avenues for getting charges reduced or dropped based on mistaken identities, lack of incriminating evidence, and other gray areas that come into play.  Our defenses are fact-specific in each individual case looking at the police actions and ensuring your legal rights are protected. 

Our criminal defense attorneys have negotiated multiple felonies down to misdemeanors, non-criminal tickets, and outright dismissal of charges. Through negotiation or jury trial, our Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys faithfully represent your interests to the fullest under criminal law. Grieve Law LLC has the firearm, criminal defense, drug, and DUI attorneys in Waukesha, and the greater Milwaukee area trusts for results.

 

 

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