Age of Consent

Question: What Is The Age Of Consent In Wisconsin?

Answer: Wisconsin actually has two ages of consent. The first age of consent is 18. Once you turn 18, you can consent to any sexual activity so long as you’re sober, you’re not handicapped and you’re not under the influence of drugs. If you are under the age of 18 but you’re 16 or older, you can only consent to sexual contact. In the old days we might call that fondling or touching or getting to third base. But the fact of the matter is if you are 16 or 17 and you engage in intercourse, our state views you as a victim.

Conversely, if you are the person having sexual intercourse with someone who is 16 or 17, you subject yourself to at least a misdemeanor sexual assault charge. Most significantly, there is absolutely no circumstance under which sexual contact or intercourse with somebody under the age of 16. It is and always will be a felony, and a felony for which lifetime registration can be ordered and prison can be ordered. So, if you are accused of having contact with or relations with anyone under the age of 16, you need to be quiet, call a lawyer and get your ducks in a row.