If you’ve been charged with sexual exploitation of a child call Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202.

Our law firm, Meyer Van Severen, S.C., defends sexual exploitation of a child cases.  The crime is a felony in Wisconsin.  A conviction exposes the defendant to a potential prison sentence.  Our criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin Van Severen defend all criminal cases and want to help with yours.  Contact our skilled attorneys at (414) 270-0202 to talk about your case.


What is sexual exploitation of a child?

Sexual exploitation of a child is prohibited by section 948.05 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  There are a few ways that the case can be proven.  It must be shown that the defendant:

  • Employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, or coerced any child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for purposes of recording or displaying in any way the conduct;
  • Recorded or displayed in any way a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct; or
  • Produced, performed in, profited from, promoted, imported into the state, reproduced, advertised, sold, distributed, or possessed with intent to sell or distribute, any recordings of a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct … if the person knows the character and content of the sexually explicit conduct involving the child and if the person knew or reasonably should have known that the child engaging in the sexually explicit conduct was under 18 years old.

A person responsible for a child’s welfare who knowingly permitted, allowed, or encouraged the child to engage in sexually explicit conduct (as listed above) may also be charged with this crime.

Generally, sexual exploitation of a child is a Class C felony.  It’s a reduced Class F felony is the defendant is under 18 years old when the crime is committed.

Finally, it’s an affirmative defense to this crime that the defendant had reasonable cause to believe that the child had attained the age of 18 year.  That defendant has a burden, by a preponderance of the evidence, to show the defense.


Can I win my sexual exploitation of a child case?

This question is best answered while sitting down with your criminal defense attorney.  No criminal attorney can guarantee you a specific result, but we can discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  We can discuss motion issues and the possibility of suppression of evidence.  When we put all those things together, it’s easier to see the big picture.  It’s easier to see what your chances of winning are.

Our attorneys have won all kinds of cases.  We’ve won at trial.  We’ve even won at sentencing.  And we want to win your case.  We believe that hiring a criminal defense law firm with a reputation for winning is in any defendant’s best interest.


 We defend sexual exploitation of a child cases

Sexual exploitation of a child is a felony crime in Wisconsin.  Criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin Van Severen believe it’s important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side when facing any criminal charge.  If you’re facing this or any other criminal charge, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202.