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Milwaukee sexual assault defense lawyerCriminal accusations, investigations, and arrests will have massive, far-reaching implications for anyone who is charged with a crime. However, some types of sensitive crimes can be even more serious since they will affect a person’s freedom, reputation, relationships with friends and family, their career, and his or her standing in the community. 

Sexual assault is one of the most severe crimes with which a person can be charged, and a conviction is likely to result in lengthy jail time and significant fines, as well as the requirement to register as a sex offender for at least 15 years, and possibly for life. If you are facing accusations of sexual assault, it is important to understand the specific charges and their potential punishments.

Degrees of Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

Wisconsin law identifies four degrees of sexual assault:

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Wisconsin defense attorney, Wisconsin criminal lawyer, Wisconsin criminal statutesCurrent law defines sexual assault (at minimum) as any intentional, non-consensual sexual touching of intimate parts, directly or through clothing, for the purpose of sexual gratification or victim humiliation. Some lawmakers are looking to make changes to that law that would greatly alter the definition of touching. It would also further restrict who is allowed to give consent in any given situation.

In tandem to those proposed changes, lawmakers in Wisconsin recently introduced a new bill that is designed to provide protections to underage assault victims. Both measures are intended to mostly target college campus and high school sexual assault crimes, but the implications have a much wider net with a penalty that could impose charges, even if no intent exists.

Affirmative Consent, Touching, and the Physically Disabled

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