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:
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.
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.
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.