False sexual assault allegations can destroy your life. If you are falsely accused of a sex crime, such as sexual assault, you may be facing jail time, fines, and even mandatory registration as a sex offender. False allegations of sexual assault should not be faced without the help of an experienced sex crime defense attorney.
What is Sexual Assault?
In Wisconsin, sexual assault is defined as sexual intercourse without the consent of the other person. The other person must be competent to consent to the activity, including mentally competent and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Using threats, weapons, an accomplice, or other aggravating factors can increase the severity of your charge.
Sexual assault can also be unwanted sexual contact or conduct with a person in your care, including patients, foster children, residents of care facilities, prisoners, or parolees. Sexual contact for the purposes of sexual humiliation or gratification can be construed as sexual assault, if there is no consent. It also can involve touching the victim’s body for sexual humiliation or gratification, even if the victim is clothed.
What Are False Allegations of Sexual Assault?
It isn’t uncommon that sexual assault allegations are brought up to punish an individual for some reason or another. If the accuser feels they have been wronged in some way or are looking for a chance to hurt a person’s reputation or future, they may level a false allegation of sexual assault against the person. Unfortunately, many sexual assault cases can become a “he said, she said” situation, which means innocent people may be accused of a sex crime they didn’t commit.
If you have been falsely accused of sexual assault, don’t wait to contact our experienced Milwaukee sex crime defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella, we are dedicated to protecting your rights and your future. Learn how we can help you.