Meyer Van Severen dedicates its entire practice to criminal defense. We certainly specialize in defending high-end charges like homicide and sexual assault. And finally, we defend individuals charged throughout all of Wisconsin. To speak with one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding your sexual assault charge, or any other criminal charge, contact us immediately. Remember that law enforcement certainly works 24/7. Your sexual assault defense attorney should certainly work just as hard.
Finally, call us at (414) 270-0202. Let’s start fighting your case.
Why did the state charge me with a sex crime?
That depends. Sometimes it’s obvious. In other cases it isn’t clear at all.
For example, something that seems harmless, like viewing a pornographic website, could quickly lead to criminal charges. If you encounter child pornography while browsing the pornographic website, and prosecutors find out, you’ll almost certainly quickly face possession of child pornography charges. Certainly child porn charges are incredibly serious. Defending this version of sexual crime requires focused, precise representation.
In other cases, the credibility of the victim is certainly important. As we’ve discussed before, you can be charged with a sex offense just because someone else said you did it. That’s scary. But don’t lose hope. Our criminal defense attorneys frequently work with investigators familiar with sexual assault charges. We understand that “victims” frequently lie. Our investigators will check into previous accusations from your accuser. Our criminal defense attorneys will scour police reports and videos searching for inconsistencies in your accuser’s statement. And most importantly, we’re on your side.
Will I have to register as a sex offender?
A conviction for various sex offenses carries a sex offender registration requirement. If you’re required to register as a sex offender, the government requires you provide your name, sex offense conviction, date of birth, gender, race, height, hair color, eye color, address, email addresses, internet address of every profile (i.e. Facebook), employer, and school. Obviously providing this to the government presents an onerous burden on the defendant.
Finally, you must follow sex offender registration requirements if you’re convicted of:
If you’re convicted of certain sexual assault charges, you may face mandatory minimum penalties. While these mandatory penalties do not apply to all sexual assault charges, they apply to the most aggravated sexual assault charges. While the mandatory minimum penalties are firm, sometimes we can work around the harsh penalties with a modification of the charges.
That all being said, these are the mandatory penalties facing individuals convicted of sexual assault:
Repeated sexual assault of the same child mandatory minimums
Firstly, for cases involving sexual contact or intercourse with a child under 13 years old, the mandatory term of initial confinement of 25 years in prison. This applies to the Class A and Class B felony level sexual assault of a child charges.
Remember, Class A felonies require life imprisonment upon conviction. The court simply determines a date the defendant is eligible for release on extended supervision. This date cannot occur before the defendant serves 25 years in prison.
Secondly, for cases involving sexual intercourse with a victim under 12 years old, or sexual intercourse by use or threat of force with a victim under 16 years old, the mandatory term of initial confinement is also 25 years in prison. This is the term of initial confinement.
Finally, for all other sexual assault of the same child cases, the mandatory term of initial confinement is 5 years in prison.
Possession of child pornography mandatory minimum
The mandatory minimum sentence for possession of child pornography is 3 years initial confinement.
First and second degree sexual assault mandatory minimum penalties
First and second degree sexual assault charges, on their own, do not have mandatory minimum penalties. That being said, if the defendant has a prior conviction for either offense, the following rules apply:
The mandatory minimum penalty is 3.5 years initial confinement in prison.
If the prior conviction if first degree sexual assault (or a federal equivalent), the maximum penalty is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Sexual assault of a child mandatory minimum penalties
Finally, sexual assault of a child charges carry mandatory minimum penalties:
Hire a Meyer Van Severen sexual assault defense attorney
First of all, recognize you’re not alone. Although friends, family, and professional contacts may quickly make assumptions about you, do not give up hope. In some circumstances, individuals make mistakes. In others, victims make untrue and unfair allegations against defendants. No matter your situation, our criminal defense attorneys truly believe in the work they do. And finally, remember: we’re on your side.
Secondly, don’t wait around to meet with one of our criminal defense attorneys. Police quickly respond to sexual assault allegations. Before you know it, they’ll certainly be at your door. While explanation for what happened makes sense to you, police will certainly try to twist it. And they’ll almost certainly use it against you later in court. Do not make a statement to police. Instead, call us.
Finally, the sexual crime defense lawyers at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. focus 100% of their representation on criminal defense. Defending individuals charged with crimes like sexual assault is all we do. Our laser-like focus allows us to provide the best criminal defense in Wisconsin.
Call us at (414) 270-0202. Let’s start fighting your case.