Milwaukee State Sex Crimes Lawyer
Have you been accused, investigated, or charged with a sex crime in Wisconsin? The Milwaukee sex crime defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. are here to help defend your rights and help you fight the allegations against you. We know that sex crime allegations not only affect the accused but also negatively influence their family and friends. When people are convicted of this type of crime, they face severe penalties, including potential jail sentences and fines. If you are facing criminal charges, contact us today at (414) 271-9595 to begin building a defense on your behalf.
Hart Powell, S.C. has been aggressively defending our clients from sex crime accusations for many years, and we are ready to help you. We have a thorough understanding of how to handle these serious claims and we have the experience you want on your side. Our team of Milwaukee sex crime defense lawyers is solely focused on defending our clients from criminal prosecution. We realize the truth in innocence until proven guilty, and we will not judge you based on the statements of your accuser. You owe it to yourself and your family to defend your reputation from the tarnish that comes from these allegations, and it is important that you seek legal counsel through this difficult time. We are here to help.
The state and federal laws define sexual misconduct in different ways, but the penalties associated with a sex crime conviction are steep for both. We know that your future is at stake, and we are familiar with the severity types of cases. If you have been confronted with harsh assertions that your behavior has been committed with criminal intent, you do not have to deal with the consequences alone. We are prepared to support you through this uphill battle, and we will proudly fight on your behalf. Do not accept these criminal complaints as an inevitable punishment. You have the right to defend yourself in court, and Hart Powell, S.C. has the knowledge and experience to provide you with important legal counsel.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Sex crimes are difficult for everyone involved, and when faced with the full force of the law, defendants can easily feel overwhelmed. The sensitive nature of this type of crime has added weight from the court of public opinion, but a professional attorney understands that justice works differently. You are innocent until proven guilty, and that is all that matters right now. The court system is difficult to navigate, and everyone around you may be skeptical towards your case. An experienced law firm is able to provide you with valuable resources to represent your position, and it is in your best interest to retain their services. If you are convicted, there will be a lifetime of consequences. The truth needs to be heard, and you deserve your day in court.
Why Choose Hart Powell, S.C.
When serious allegations are made against someone regarding sex crimes, there is one firm in Milwaukee that will not hesitate to offer the strong legal representation you need: Hart Powell, S.C.. Our keen awareness of the delicate issues surrounding these types of cases has proven invaluable for successfully defending our clients in the past. We work closely as a team to deliver the best defense possible for our clients, and we will not allow the accusations made against you to stand without a fight. Our legal insight allows us to develop strong and persuasive arguments in your favor, and that is why so many people have trusted us in the past to defend them in court. Do not wait until things go from bad to worse; you need to contact Hart Powell, S.C. now.
Cases We Handle
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the investigation, we believe in defending the rights of every single one of our clients. Many of these types of cases involve state and federal laws, and you need legal representation that is prepared to handle the seriousness of your case. Our firm has worked with several clients involving:
- Date Rape
- Incest Crimes
- Child Molestation
- Child Pornography
- Indecent Exposure
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Statutory Rape
- Lewd Acts with a Minor
- Internet Harassment
Upon being convicted of a sex crime, you may be required to register as a sex offender. This would entail reporting your name and address to a publicly available registry, where local law enforcement will compel you to update your information every year after that. The best defense when you are charged with a sex crime is to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can assist you in this matter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although the nature of sex crimes means that you have a very unique case, many people accused of a crime under this umbrella have similar questions. While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find all the answers to your questions below, we’ve provided a few answers. Please contact us at (414) 271-9595 to discuss further specifics of your case.
Is it illegal to have a sexual relationship between two 16 year olds?
Yes. The federal age of consent is 16 years old, but in Wisconsin, the age of consent is strictly 18 years of age. In the case of two minors committing sexual acts, both may be considered victims and perpetrators, even with consent. If the consensual sex is with a person who is 16 or 17 years of age, the act is always considered a criminal offense, although it will only result in a misdemeanor. Anyone involved in a sexual relationship who is 15 years old or younger, even others in the same age group, can face much more severe consequences.
Is it illegal to send or receive nude photographs with consent from both parties?
Between two adults, this is not considered illegal unless one party shares the private photos without further consent. If any minors are involved, even if both are minors, they can be charged with federal child pornography charges, and this is a serious offense. If convicted, they can face a mandatory prison sentence of up to three years.
What if my partner is 17 years old and about to turn 18?
It does not matter in the state of Wisconsin. The age of consent is 18 years old, and there is no other interpretation of the law.
If I’m guilty, should I still hire an attorney?
Yes. Whether or not you are guilty of the crimes charged against you, it is always in your best interest to hire legal counsel to navigate the legal proceedings. A criminal defense attorney’s job is to ensure that the legal proceedings against you are completely fair and just. An attorney may be able to advocate a lesser sentence, including reduced jail time, a shorter probation, and a lower fine. In other instances, your attorney may be able to reduce the charges to something less severe, and may even be able to get the case dismissed. All of this depends on the individual circumstances of your case, and the attorney’s ability to argue the case.
If I haven’t been charged with a crime, but the police want to speak to me, what should I do?
Contact a law firm to discuss your rights before you make any official statements. Although you have not been charged with a crime, the information you share may be used against you in court. It is always best to err on the side of caution, and you should speak with an attorney before you speak with the police to better understand how to protect your rights.
Sex Crime Penalties
The nature of sex crimes often means that the evidence amounts to one person’s word over the other’s. Sex crimes carry hefty penalties, and the court proceedings can be intense. If convicted, many charges receive mandatory minimum prison sentences and a lifetime of public humiliation. Some crimes carry a minimum of 25 years in prison, while others can easily receive a sentence for life. The stakes are high, and you do not want to trust the outcome of the hearing to any law firm. Hiring the right attorney is critical to developing a swift plan of action and retaining essential evidence on your behalf. Hart Powell, S.C. has secured not-guilty verdicts for many of our clients, and other times we have been able to convince the prosecution to drop the charges altogether.
The situation that you are in is undoubtedly stressful and upsetting, but you still have options moving forward. We have worked extensively on defending clients from sex crime allegations, and we are familiar with the various strategies used to prove innocence. Our firm belief is that you are innocent until proven guilty, and we will do our best to organize all the facts before presenting them to the court on your behalf. There are no fees associated with your initial consultation, so contact us today to learn how we can help. You can reach us directly at (414) 271-9595 or through our website anytime of the day. In the face of these serious accusations, you should rest assured that you will have your day in court. With us on your side, you will not have to deal with the allegations alone.