Sex Crimes In Wisconsin | Sex Crime Fines And Penalties
Recognizing Sex Crimes In Wisconsin
Sex crimes are vigorously prosecuted in Wisconsin. When charged with sexual assault you might be facing fines, jail time, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and a criminal record not to mention the impact such a conviction will have on your reputation and relationships at home, with friends, and with co-workers.
But what, exactly, constitutes a sex crime in Wisconsin?
Broadly Defined Crime
Sexual crimes are very broadly defined in Wisconsin. Any sexual contact without consent is illegal in the state. The statutes define four degrees of sexual assault, each with increasingly harsher penalties that range from felonies to misdemeanors. The inclusion of the word “consent” means that sexual crimes can occur between people in a committed relationship, even spouses.
The statute defines consent as: “words or overt actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.”
Degrees Of Sexual Assault
A person charged with sexual assault may face first, second, third, or fourth-degree charges. Penalties are based on the severity of the offense and sex offender registration is usually required.
First degree sexual assault is a Class B felony and includes the most serious of sexual offenses. Prison sentences and mandatory registration as a sex offender are typical.
Second degree and third degree sexual assault charges are also felonies. Penalties are less severe, but can be equally as devastating.
Fourth degree sexual assault is a Class A misdemeanor and includes sexual contact with a person without that person’s consent.
Speak With A Sex Crimes Attorney To Protect Your Reputation
In this day and age, even the whisper of a sex crime is enough to damage a reputation. This is particularly damaging when the charges are false or inaccurate. If you have been charged with a sex crime in Wisconsin, contact a sex crimes attorney at Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison for advice and representation. We will handle your case with tact and privacy along with the skills necessary to secure the best outcome possible.