Milwaukee Rape Defense Lawyer

Rape is often considered to be one of the most egregious crimes that one can commit. It is defined as an assault on an individual that includes sexual intercourse without consent. If you have been subjected to accusations of rape and have been or expect to be formally charged then it is critically important to take advantage of your legal right to counsel. The punishments for rape in Wisconsin are severe and can affect you for the rest of your life. In the interests of your future, it is essential that you seek legal counsel to fight against these charges.

The Milwaukee sex crime defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. have the skills and experience necessary to help you to present the strongest possible case so that you can be better-positioned for a positive outcome. Contact us today at (414) 271-9595 to consult with a lawyer who is passionate about protecting the rights of each client.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Rape is a serious crime that can result in steep punishments. You may feel overwhelmed facing down these criminal charges. Aside from the legal ramifications, being accused of rape can affect many aspects of your personal and professional life —your friends, your family, your job, and your reputation. People may call your character and integrity into question, making it feel like you have already been convicted.

The legal consequences you face will vary depending on the exact nature of your situation. In Wisconsin, some types of sexual assault, such as those that involve the threat of force or violence, are classified as Class C felonies and can result in jail time of up to 40 years, a fine of up to $100,000, or both. Other kinds of sexual assault, such as the rape of a child, may be classified as Class A felonies and result in lifetime prison sentences. If you are convicted of rape, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender, which will follow you for the rest of your life, affecting what kinds of jobs you are able to get and where you will be able to live.

Don’t give up hope. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can make the difference between conviction and acquittal. Firstly, they can help clarify Wisconsin’s complicated sexual assault laws and help you understand exactly what you are facing. Secondly, a lawyer will draw upon their extensive knowledge of these laws as well as possible defenses in order to build a strong case on your behalf. They will work diligently to protect you, your rights, and your reputation throughout the entire process.

Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. These allegations do not have to turn into a conviction. Do not let this incident affect the rest of your life. If you are facing rape charges, contact a lawyer immediately.

Why Choose Hart Powell, S.C.?

Fighting rape charges can be a big undertaking. Because a conviction can have heavy consequences, it’s important that you have someone on your side that you can trust. You need a dedicated team who will help protect your rights and your future. There is no one in Milwaukee more committed to helping clients than Hart Powell, S.C..

Our outstanding team has the experience necessary to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. Our lawyers have fought for over 30 years to ensure the right of every citizen to a fair and impartial trial by jury. Along the way, they have gained experience defending clients against rape charges. They know how to gather evidence, conduct interviews, and build a strong defense on your behalf.

We have been recognized for our tireless efforts and strong results. Members of our team have been acknowledged by the National Trial Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine, and Milwaukee Magazine — and for good reason. At Hart Powell, S.C., our dedication to every one of our clients is unparalleled. We work to ensure that our clients feel comfortable during each step of the process. We will always consider your best interest and work to get you the best results possible for your case. Above all, we will fight aggressively and passionately to defend you.

How Does Wisconsin Define Rape and Consent?

Here are the basic definitions of rape and consent, as written in Wisconsin. The details are complex and can be confusing. A lawyer can help clarify any areas you are unsure about.

What is rape?

Wisconsin does not use the term “rape” in the state statutes. Instead, the crime of sexual contact or intercourse without consent is called sexual assault. The degree of assault is broken down into four different categories, depending on the extent of the crime. If violence is involved or the victim was incapacitated, the punishment might be steeper.

What is consent?

In Wisconsin, consent is defined as the words or actions given as an agreement to sexual contact or intercourse. The law states consent cannot be given if a victim is:

  • Under the age of 18
  • Unable to appraise personal conduct due to a mental illness or disability
  • Physically unable to communicate disagreement
  • Unconscious
  • Intoxicated to the point that they are unable to provide consent (but only if the defendant knows they are incapable of providing consent)

Because consent is one of the most common cited defenses for rape, it is imperative that you understand its definition.

Types of Rape

“Rape” takes a number of different forms and may arise as a concern in a number of distinctly separate circumstances. The consequences for rape depend on the exact circumstances and severity of the incident. The following are some of the kinds of rape and contexts in which it may occur:

  • Date rape — Refers to a sexual assault that occurs between two people that have a romantic or potentially sexual relationship. This type of rape is common at colleges and can involve drugging of the victim.
  • Spousal rape — Occurs within a marriage when one spouse does not consent to sexual activity with the other. This violation may lead to prison time, a fine, or both.
  • Statutory rape — Defined as sexual intercourse with a child, statutory rape incidents involving children under 16 can result in up to nine months in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. If the child involved is under the age of 12, an offender could face up to 60 years in prison.
  • Child abuse — There are various forms of child abuse, and the consequences depend on the age of the child and the extent of the abuse. Sexual activity with a child under the age of 12 that results in great physical harm, for example, can lead to lifetime imprisonment. If a person is found guilty of sexual intercourse or contact with a person under the age of 16, they could face up to 40 years in prison.
  • Prison rape — This kind of rape involves the sexual assault of an inmate by a correctional officer or prison volunteer. It might also extend to a correctional officer and those in their charge.

The consequences of a rape conviction, regardless of the nature of the case, are likely to be devastating. Sentencing may include years of jail time, significant restitution orders, the loss or limitation of countless freedoms, and compulsory entry in sex offender registry. It will likely also affect your personal and professional life, especially if you are required to register as a sex offender. As a result, it is important that you defend yourself from these consequences before they ruin your reputation and future.

Contact Us

The Milwaukee rape defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. will work hard to preserve your reputation and to help you avoid the harsh penalties of a rape conviction. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to construct and present a strong case on your behalf. Do not let the harsh consequences of these allegations affect you, your reputation, and your dignity. Contact us today at (414) 271-9595 for a free consultation to see how our skilled team can help.