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Sensitive Crimes


Milwaukee Sex Crime Defense Attorneys

Sexual Assault and Child Pornography Defense Lawyers Serving Clients in Wisconsin

Some crimes are categorized as sensitive in nature. This is because the crimes may involve sexual assault, sexual abuse, or indecency, or because they involve vulnerable victims, such as children, disabled people, or the elderly. If you are accused of a sex crime, it is important to work with an attorney who will treat you with respect and understanding.

When you stand accused of a sensitive crime in Milwaukee, choose a firm with extensive experience representing individuals accused of such crimes. With more than 50 years of experience working on complex legal issues, we are well-suited to stand for you, with you, and beside you. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we work hard to give our clients hope even when they are facing criminal charges that may affect their reputation, career, or family relationships. Our attorneys provide vigorous defense strategies to help our clients reach the best possible outcome.

Sexual Assault Defense in Milwaukee

Sexual assault is treated very seriously in Wisconsin. A conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence and large fines, as well as the requirement to register as a sex offender. Inclusion in the Wisconsin sex offender registry will last for at least 15 years after the completion of your sentence, and in some cases, for the rest of your life, and this can seriously limit your ability to find work or housing.

Under Wisconsin law, sexual assault involves sexual contact or intercourse with a person without their consent. The specific charges can vary depending on factors such as whether force or the threat of violence was involved, whether the alleged assault resulted in pregnancy or great bodily harm, whether an offender was aided and abetted by others, or whether the alleged victim was unconscious or intoxicated and unable to give consent.

Sexual assault charges can range from a Class A misdemeanor for unwanted sexual contact (groping) to a Class B felony (punishable by up to 60 years in prison) for first degree sexual assault. More serious charges will apply if the alleged victim is a child under the age of 16.

Child Pornography in Wisconsin

The possession of child pornography is treated very seriously in Wisconsin. Oftentimes, the State will be seeking to impose a mandatory minimum amount of prison time if a person is found guilty of possession of child pornography. However, people may find themselves under investigation for possessing or disseminating child pornography without understanding why they are being charged or knowing that they did anything wrong. It is important to have a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with digital forensic evidence in order to determine the full array of defenses that might be available to you.

Under Wisconsin law, a person can be charged with possession of child pornography if they possess, access with the intent to view, exhibit, or play a recording of any images, photographs, or videos of a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct. However, to be guilty of this crime, a person must know that they possessed, accessed, or played the material; that it was sexually explicit; and that the child depicted was under the age of 18.

Possession of child pornography is a Class D felony, which can be punished by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. If interstate commerce was involved in making, selling, or accessing the alleged child pornography, federal criminal charges may also apply.

Guidance for Clients Accused of Sensitive Crimes

In addition to sexual assault and child pornography, there are a wide variety of other offenses that can be considered sensitive crimes, including:

  • Child enticement
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Elder abuse
  • Solicitation of a prostitute
  • Taking a video or photograph of an intimate representation

If you are facing any of these types of charges, you should work closely with a skilled criminal defense attorney who has experience handling the unique issues related to defending someone accused of a sensitive crime. The attorneys of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP are ready to listen to your story. We genuinely care about your present circumstances and your future. We are concerned with facts, legal integrity, and justice. Often, in the name of securing a conviction, the government violates rights protected by law. In many cases, we have been able to render evidence as inadmissible due to flawed procedures and handling as well as violations of constitutional rights.

Contact a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a sex crime or another type of sensitive crime, please contact us right away to set up an initial appointment to discuss the details of your matter. Call 414-271-1440 or email our office today; we are ready to help you now. We serve Milwaukee County and surrounding areas, including but not limited to Milwaukee, Waukesha, Green Bay, Racine, Kenosha, and West Allis. 

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