Penalties for Sexual Assault in the State of Wisconsin

By Reddin & Singer

Blue Eye

If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault, the experienced Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys at Reddin & Singer can help. A sexual assault charge can negatively affect every aspect of your life, especially your reputation. Sexual assault crimes can carry serious consequences. We understand the nuances of criminal law and can help you understand your rights. Our firm has helped countless clients in Milwaukee and throughout the state of Wisconsin in these types of matters.

Sexual assault is against the law in Wisconsin and is usually considered a felony. The facts of the case will impact what degree of sexual assault is charged as well as the punishments that may apply.

The penalties for each degree of sexual assault conviction vary as follows:

  • First-degree sexual assault is considered a Class B felony that carries a maximum penalty of 60 years in jail.

  • Second-degree sexual assault is considered a Class C felony that carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $100,000, or both.

  • Third-degree sexual assault is considered a Class G felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $25,000, or both.

  • Fourth-degree sexual assault is considered a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of nine months in prison and a maximum fine of up to $10,000, or both.

A therapist found to have sexual contact with or without consent with a patient or client during an ongoing therapist-patient relationship may be convicted of a Class F felony and face up to 12 years and six months in prison with a fine of up to $25,000, or both.

Sentences for sexual assault may also include counseling for the defendant, probation, and restitution to the victim.

Many sexual assault charges depend on whether or not consent was established. Questions often arise regarding what constituted consent in the case as well as what counts as refusal. These issues may be complicated and often have no clear-cut answer. This is where an experienced criminal lawyer can help make sense of it all.

If you or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault, the seasoned Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers at Reddin & Singer may be able to represent you. The legal processing can be daunting, but you don’t have to go through it alone. If you are unsure about your next steps, you will be glad to know we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to each prospective client. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (414) 271-6400.