Wisconsin law defines sexual assault of a minor as any sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a child under 16 years of age. It is one of the most common sex crime charges. In Wisconsin, there are two categories of sexual assault with a minor. Both are felonies:
- First-degree sexual assault of a minor is any sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a child under 13 years old or sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a child under 16 that is accompanied by either the threat or actual use of violence or force.
- Second-degree sexual assault of a minor is sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a child under 16 years old. The threat or actual use of violence or force is not a requirement for second-degree sexual assault of a minor.
Conviction of sexual assault of a child requires being listed on a state website for 75 years. In addition, if you are convicted of sexual assault of a minor, local law enforcement authorities can elect to notify other residents when you move into a community.
You Need An Attorney Who Understands These Cases
If you face a charge of sexual assault of a child, you do not want to put your career, your family life and your freedom in the hands of an attorney who has little or no experience defending these charges. I am Christopher T. Van Wagner, an experienced criminal defense attorney in Madison who has successfully defended clients in a wide range of sex crime cases, including sexual assault of a child.
As a former prosecutor, I know how to spot the weaknesses in the state’s case and develop a legal strategy that aims to get the charges dismissed or reduced. My experience as a prosecutor also helps me anticipate the strategy the state will use if your case goes to trial. You may be falsely accused or guilty of a lesser offense.
Put My Assertive Legal Counsel In Your Corner
It is important to enlist the services of an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. The mere accusation of sexual assault of a child creates a stigma that can have far-reaching consequences. I will immediately begin investigating the facts of your case in order to develop the strongest possible defense.
Call 608-401-4507 or use my online contact form to schedule a free consultation. I will provide a candid assessment of your case and recommend an effective course of action.