Aggressive Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys In Milwaukee
Members of law enforcement may often jump to conclusions when sexual assault allegations arise. While the government seeks to build a case, factual discrepancies may also arise. Sexual assault cases often involve “he-said, she-said” controversies. Working with a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to break down a case and present a strategic defense to the judge in pretrial motions and the jury, if trial is necessary, is important at this pivotal time.
Sexual assault, more commonly known as rape, carries significant penalties. Law enforcement and courts throughout Wisconsin take these charges seriously, and an accusation of sexual assault can destroy your personal and professional reputation.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, it is important that you contact an attorney at Levine Law as soon as possible. We will work quickly to protect your rights and safeguard your reputation at every stage of the legal process.
Handling All Types Of Sexual Assault Charges
At our firm, our criminal defense attorneys handle all types of sexual assault charges and related offenses:
- First-, second- and third-degree sexual assaults are felony offenses.
- Fourth-degree sexual assault, lewd and lascivious behavior and sexual gratification are misdemeanor offenses.
- Sexual assault of a child (sometimes referred to as child molestation) who is under the age of 15 is a felony offense.
- Sexual intercourse with a child (commonly referred to as statutory rape) who is over the age of 16 is a misdemeanor offense.
Each of these offenses carries serious penalties. The penalties you face will depend on the level of the offense you are charged with and whether you have had previous convictions.
Our attorneys can clearly explain the penalties you are facing and help you understand your options for fighting these charges.
Registration As A Sex Offender
If you are convicted of sexual assault, you will be required to register as a sex offender. In fact, under Wisconsin statute 973.04, there are a wide range of crimes that may require registration as a sex offender if a conviction is entered. Even seemingly nonsexual offenses, such as trespass, damage to property or unlawful entry into a building, may lead to sex offender registration if there is sufficient evidence that the underlying conduct was sexually motivated.
The length of the requirement to register varies depending on the type of underlying offense. The court has discretion in some situations to set the length of registration period. Many convictions require registration to continue for at least 15 years. For more serious offenses involving sexual assault of a child, lifetime registration may be required.
The Wisconsin sex offender database is available to search online. As a result, future employers and others may be able to discover your sexual assault conviction. For this reason, it is vital that you find an attorney who can defend you against these charges and help you avoid registration as a sex offender.