Milwaukee Statutory Rape Defense Attorney
Fiercely Defending Your Freedom – Call (414) 882-8382
In the state of Wisconsin, it is illegal for an adult to have sex with
a minor under the age of 18, even if the sex is consensual. Known as “statutory
rape” based on a minor’s inability to consent as written into
the state statute, having sex with a minor can expose a person to extremely
damaging consequences if convicted. If you have been accused of statutory
rape in Wisconsin, our powerful
Milwaukee sex crime lawyer at the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella can fight to protect your
rights and advocate for a reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf.
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Penalties for Statutory Rape in Wisconsin
While some other states have “Romeo and Juliet” laws that allow
certain exceptions for romantic partners whose age difference is three
years or less, these laws do not exist in Wisconsin. Statutory rape is
prosecuted as a form of sexual assault in Wisconsin, with exact charges
varying depending on the age of the parties and the type of alleged sexual
contact that occurred.
Possible charges and penalties may include:
First degree sexual assault of a child: First degree sexual assault of a child involves sexual contact or intercourse
between a minor age 12 years or younger and a defendant of any age. This
is a Class B felony and can bring up to 60 years in prison upon conviction.
Second degree sexual assault of a child: Second degree sexual assault of a child occurs when there is sexual contact
between a minor age 13-15 and a defendant of any age. This is considered
a Class C felony, carrying up to 40 years in prison and fines up to $100,000.
Sexual intercourse with a child 16 or older: Exactly as it sounds, this offense involves sexual intercourse between
a minor age 16 or 17 and a defendant of any age, unless the defendant
is the minor’s spouse. This is a Class A misdemeanor and can carry
up to 9 months in jail, fines up to $10,000, or both.
In addition to the above penalties, conviction of statutory rape may also
result in mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Sex offender registration can permanently ruin a person’s reputation and place immense restrictions
on where they may legally live and work, forcing them to live life under
public scrutiny long after they have served their sentence.
Defending the Accused Since 1991
With so much at stake, it is crucial you make sure you have a fighter in
your corner. At the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, our
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney understands the road that lies ahead and can use his vast legal knowledge
and skills to prepare a compelling defense on your behalf. Upon a detailed
examination of the facts surrounding your arrest, we can craft a custom-tailored
strategy on your behalf that exploits weaknesses in the prosecution’s
case and asserts your innocence. Defending your future is of utmost importance,
and we are prepared to ensure that no stone is left unturned in pursuit
of a favorable result on your behalf.
Call (414) 882-8382 or
contact our firm online today to review your defense options.