First Degree Sexual Assault in Wisconsin is a Class B Felony punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of sixty (60) years. In addition to a certain prison sentence, a conviction will result in the lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender as well as gps monitoring. As with any sexually violent offense, the consequences are serious.
Serious sex offense charges require serious defense attorneys to help defend against these accusations. Accusations of these sorts can cause immediate damage to your reputation, your career, and your family. Often these charges are referred to as rape. However, rape is not the legal term used in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's legal name for forced sexual contact without the individual's consent is first degree sexual assault.
Different Circumstances Can Lead to a Charge of First Degree Sexual Assault in Wisconsin
- Sexual contact or intercourse without consent causing great bodily harm. As the title states, what differentiates this from the other forms is that great bodily harm was caused during the assault. Great bodily harm is defined as an injury that creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes permanent disfigurement or a protracted loss or impairment of any bodily member or organ.
- Sexual contact or intercourse without consent by use or threat of a dangerous weapon. A dangerous weapon is defined as any device or instrument which, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Common dangerous weapons include a gun, an electric weapons such as a taser. The weapon does not have to be used, a threat of use is sufficient in these cases.
- Sexual contact or intercourse without consent by use or threat of force or violence while aided and abetted. Using or threatening violence while aided and abetted means that someone else assisted another person in committing this crime. This third party must have been "concerned in the commission of the crime" even if they did not commit it themselves.
Anyone of the situations above will result in the felony charge of first degree sexual assault or "rape" in Wisconsin.
First Degree Sexual Assault Attorneys in Madison, WI
The criminal defense attorneys at Anderson & O'Connell, S.C. understand what is at stake with an accusation such as sexual assault. As with any charge you are innocent until proven guilty! We understand that in reality many people do not feel that this is the case. A felony sex offense charge requires an aggressive defense. An aggressive defense is essential to protecting the rights of the accused. If you or a loved one needs the assistance of an experienced sex offense attorney contact us today. We always offer a free case evaluation.