What If A Girl Lies About Her Age?

Question: What Happens If A Girl Lies About Her Age In A Sex Crime Case In Wisconsin?

Answer: If a girl tells you she’s 18 and you find out later that she’s not, you’re out of luck. There is no defense in Wisconsin of fraud. The state Supreme Court has said that our laws are intended to protect children, and our laws define as children anybody under the age of 18. So we legally conclude, even if it seems unfair, that somebody who is 17½ and lies and says they’re 19 and has a fake ID and a fake draft card, whatever they present to you to prove they’re over 18, it doesn’t matter. You could still be charged, convicted and jailed. So, as a practical matter, never make that assumption, that “If she lies to me, I’m ok.”