Sexual assault is a serious crime in Wisconsin, and it’s one that carries heavy penalties. You’ve probably heard about the harsh penalties following sexual assault convictions, but if you’re like many people, you’re not exactly sure what they are. Remember, only your Milwaukee sexual abuse defense attorney can give you case-specific advice; if you have questions about your own case, you should get in touch with your lawyer right away.
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is the crime of non-consensual sexual contact, up to and including rape. It’s classified by severity, with first-degree sexual assault being the most serious.
Who Can Be Charged With Sexual Assault?
Anyone who’s accused of unwanted, nonconsensual sexual contact can be charged with sexual assault. Gender doesn’t matter, whether you’re the accused or the alleged victim.
Classifications of Sexual Assault in Wisconsin
First-degree sexual assault involves sexual contact or sexual intercourse under the threat of force with a weapon or something that the victim could think was a weapon. It can also include forcible sexual intercourse that results in pregnancy or grave bodily injury to the victim.
Second-degree sexual assault can involve unwanted sexual contact or sexual intercourse resulting in illness, injury or disease, or contact or intercourse with someone who is mentally incapable of consent. Mentally incapable of consent can include the victim being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Third-degree sexual assault can involve non-consensual contact or intercourse, which can also include ejaculation on another person whether the victim is clothed or unclothed.
Fourth-degree sexual assault involves any non-consensual sexual contact with another person, unless the contact falls under the definition of third-degree sexual assault.
What Should You Do if You’re Accused of Sexual Assault in Wisconsin?
If anyone accuses you of sexual assault in the state of Wisconsin, you’ll need to talk to a Milwaukee sex crime attorney as soon as possible. It’s important that you consult with a lawyer before you make any statements to police or investigators, even if you are innocent of the charges.
The sooner you talk to a Wisconsin sex crime lawyer, the sooner we’ll be able to begin building a defense for you.
Call us at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online for a free case evaluation. We’ll examine the facts of your case and create a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome in your case.