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Second Degree Sexual Assault in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, second degree sexual assault is a Class C felony. The state must prove the following, beyond a reasonable doubt:
1) The defendant had sexual contact with another person
2) The other person did not consent
3) The defendant used violence or threat to have sexual contact with another person
When you are charged with a sex crime, specifically 2nd degree sexual assault in Wisconsin, you face a threat to your livelihood. Being convicted of a sexual assault charge of any kind could lead to jail time, depending on the circumstances. These punishments can become more extreme if the crime includes the assault of a child. Because of the protections against children, paired with the strict understood age of consent, sexual assault cases where the victim was underage often have serious consequences. An additional scenario that can worsen the potential consequences that may result from a guilty verdict is if the victim experienced great bodily harm during the incident. This can be classified as any visible bruising or bleeding, scratches/scrapes, or even broken bones. Other instances that can intensify the sentencing from a sexual assault charge may involve the alleged defendant ejaculating or urinating on a victim. The last instance that could exacerbate the severity of a sexual assault charge would be the use of force or violence through a weapon such as a knife, gun, or other menacing object. Even the threat of violence is considered in this scenario. Any of these additional offenses when pair with a sexual assault charge, involving sexual contact or intercourse, could include a prison sentence of up to 25 years or sometimes up to 40 years in prison.
If someone is convicted and found guilty of sexual assault in any degree, they often have to register as a sex offender. This status can follow someone temporarily, or even for life. Having this label brings a harsh stigma that can affect employment opportunities, and prevent available living situations for the guilty perpetrator.
Unfortunately, we can not change or erase events that have happened in the past. What we can do though, is control how we choose to respond, and act in our best interest. With that being said, if you or a loved one has been convicted of a sexual assault charge of any kind, from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class B felony, a criminal defense attorney is needed. Experienced criminal defense attorneys have no fear. Our competent legal team truly stands on the belief that knowledge is power. We want our clients to feel as confident as we do in our capability to build the best line of defense for them . In order to do this, we do our due diligence to equip our clients and their loved ones with the information they need to feel as calm and prepared as humanly possible. Starting from the moment of your free consultation, and leading up until the day that your trial begins, our team will be available to answer questions, provide legal advice, and be an all around resource for you and your family during this difficult time. Facing serious sentences can be an overwhelming matter. Allow our team of expert criminal defense attorneys to bear some of the burden. With a keen understanding of the law, and years of experience in the field, we understand how the prosecution thinks. We know what questions that they will ask, and what lines of strategy that they usually use. That being said, our strategy is backed with a reputation of success for our clients, particularly in the tough field of sexual assault defense. When facing such a serious charge that could impact your life forever, time is of the essence, and it is important to act with haste — but not rush into every law firm that crosses your path. Make this decision with a clear understanding of who the best in your field is, and which team stands clear above the rest in the area.
In order to maximize your chances of avoiding a conviction, you must contact Martinez & Ruby, LLP. Our lawyers are universally recognized for obtaining favorable outcomes in a wide range of charges.