Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 to discuss your sexual assault case

Meyer Van Severen, S.C. provides sexual assault defense.  Whether you’re facing first, second, third, or fourth degree sexual assault, our criminal defense lawyers should be your first call.  We’ve handled all kinds of sexual assaults, including high-profile criminal cases.  Our criminal defense lawyers, Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen, can help with your case.


What is sexual assault?

Section 940.225 of the Wisconsin Statutes defines sexual assault.  Whether an individual faces first, second, third, or fourth degree sexual assault depends on certain facts.  It’s important that your sexual assault defense attorney understand the complexities of the law.  Meyer Van Severen, S.C. has defended sexual assault cases.  We understand the criminal charges you’re facing.


First degree sexual assault is a Class B felony.  First degree sexual assault requires that the defendant commit the crime in one of three ways:

(a) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person and causes pregnancy or great bodily harm to that person.
(b) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe it to be a dangerous weapon.
(c) Is aided or abetted by one or more other persons and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of force or violence.

Second degree sexual assault is a a Class C felony.  Some of the circumstances that lead to a factual basis for second degree sexual assault include:

(a) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of force or violence.
(b) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person and causes injury, illness, disease or impairment of a sexual or reproductive organ, or mental anguish requiring psychiatric care for the victim.
(c) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who suffers from a mental illness or deficiency which renders that person temporarily or permanently incapable of appraising the person’s conduct, and the defendant knows of such condition.
(cm) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who is under the influence of an intoxicant to a degree which renders that person incapable of giving consent if the defendant has actual knowledge that the person is incapable of giving consent and the defendant has the purpose to have sexual contact or sexual intercourse with the person while the person is incapable of giving consent.
(d) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who the defendant knows is unconscious.
(f) Is aided or abetted by one or more other persons and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of that person…
(h) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with an individual who is confined in a correctional institution if the actor is a correctional staff member…

Third Degree Sexual Assault is defined as: “Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person without the consent of that person is guilty of a Class G felony. Whoever has sexual contact in the manner described in sub. (5) (b) 2. or 3. with a person without the consent of that person is guilty of a Class G felony.


Finally, Fourth Degree Sexual Assault is when the defendant has sexual contact with an individual without that individual’s consent.  Fourth degree sexual assault is a serious misdemeanor, carrying with it a maximum penalty of 9 months jail, a $10,000.00 fine, or both.


Sexual assault cases are serious and should be dealt with by a skilled defense attorney

Commission of certain sex offenses requires lifetime reporting to the sex offender registry.  Additionally sexual assault cases usually require some sort of time in jail/prison.  There’s a lot to lose if you’re facing a sex assault case.  Not everyone can provide you with the intelligent defense needed in a case like this.  Meyer Van Severen, S.C. can.


If you need help call Meyer Van Severen, S.C.

If you’re looking for sexual assault defense, top Milwaukee criminal defense law firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. may be able to assist you.  We have worked on aggravated sexual assault cases and would like to speak with you about your case.  We’ve also worked on mitigated cases.  Phones are answered 24/7 at (414) 270-0202.