Being charged with sexual assault can be shocking and life-changing. You run the risk of major jail time, large fines, and getting put on the sexual offender registry. However, the court doesn’t treat all sexual assault cases the same in Wisconsin. It is important to determine what applies in your case, so you know what to expect in court.
First, the age of the victim can influence the severity of punishment. The Sexual Assault of a Child statute determines the severity of a case by assault degrees. These regulations apply if the victim is under 18 years old. A first-degree case is if the child was under 13 and the assault caused injury which results in life in prison. Second-degree assault is when there is sexual contact with someone under 16 years old. This type of assault can result in up to 40 years in jail and up to a $100,000 fine.
The level of assault also determines what punishment. First-Degree Assault must have caused pregnancy or serious injury by the use of violence or the threat of violence. It also must have involved some type of sexual contact without consent. Penalties for First-Degree depend on the age of the victim. It can range from 60 years in prison up to life. Second-degree is similar, but it doesn’t have to include all the above. Second-degree can also include employees having sexual relations in various workplace situations. For example, a judge would consider a correctional officer having sex with an inmate second-degree assault. The penalty can include up to 40 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
Third-Degree involves expelling body fluids on any part of the victim’s or assailant’s body. This type can result in up to 10 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine. Finally, fourth-degree is sexual contact and touching. Fourth-degree assault can result in up to 9 months in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
If you experienced sexual assault, it may be helpful to contact an attorney who has experience in dealing with sex crimes. The nuances of each case mean that charges differ from person to person. With a qualified attorney, you may get the rights you deserve. It may also help keep your reputation.
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