Milwaukee Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys

Wisconsin has extensive sexual assault regulations, broken down by first-, second-, third-, and fourth-degree valuations and also separated by the person involved (whether a child or an adult). Each of these regulations mandates particular circumstances for conviction, which, actually, makes the burden of proof more difficult for the prosecution. For those facing charges of sexual assault in Milwaukee, we at Hart Powell, S.C. know how valuable this can be, as it can mean the difference between freedom and conviction.

If you have been charged in a sexual assault case, it is important that you contact an attorney from Hart Powell, S.C. as soon as possible. You will be able to discuss your options with one of our qualified legal professionals, and our initial consultation is totally confidential. Please contact the Milwaukee area sexual assault defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. today at (414) 271-9595.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me With My Sexual Assault Case?

Sexual assault allegations are serious, and an experienced and qualified criminal defense lawyer can often make or break your defense. A lawyer will understand the facts of your case, help you understand your legal options, and defend you against the charges. They can give you the peace of mind that you are receiving a solid legal defense, and help you better understand the implications of what happens in court. Your lawyer will be able to investigate the case to determine how you should plead and what defenses are most strategic. They can negotiate a satisfactory plea deal, or work to poke holes in the prosecution’s case to get your charges dropped. With a lawyer on your side, you are more likely to be acquitted or receive a lighter sentence.

Why Choose Hart Powell, S.C.?

Hart Powell, S.C. has decades of experience with criminal defense law in a variety of practice areas including defending those accused of sexual assault. Our Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys are concerned first and foremost with making sure that your rights are protected, and that you receive a fair trial, while building the strongest case possible.

Our attorneys come from a diverse background and bring the knowledge and experience to defend you and your rights no matter the situation. Attorney Michael F. Hart, a managing partner, has significant experience obtaining successful outcomes for his clients in both violent and non-violent criminal law. Attorney Craig S. Powell has also been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States by National Trial Lawyers, and several of our attorneys carry the distinction of ‘Rising Stars’ by Law & Politics magazine as well as perfect 10 ratings on Avvo, a legal services website that aggregates experience, reviews, and results.

We understand that a sexual assault charge can carry serious consequences, and we take your constitutional and legal rights very seriously. Our extensive experience in criminal defense law makes Hart Powell, S.C. the ideal firm to defend you from these charges and treat you with respect and understanding you deserve.

Penalties for a Sexual Assault Conviction

A sexual assault can have numerous legal penalties, all of which can drastically change a person’s life. Some of these penalties include:

  • Possible lifetime supervision: This would include probation or having to register as a sex offender.
  • Prohibition of any child contact: As part of being a registered sex offender, there are many restrictions on who you can see, when you can see them, and how far one can be from certain public places such as schools.
  • Psychiatric treatment: This would include medical referrals and seeing a psychiatrist.
  • Financial penalties (dependent on details of case): Certain sex crimes can carry hefty fines.
  • Prison/jail time (dependent on details of case): Many sex crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences, up to life in prison. While sex crimes are a large umbrella of crimes, many of them carry some form of prison or jail time.

Sex crime convictions like sexual assault have varying penalties that are determined based on the specific circumstances of individual cases. For instance, crimes against a child, crimes of extreme immorality, and crimes that are a second or multiple offense tend to have much harsher legal penalties.

When you hire a lawyer, they can work to negotiate your sentence so that you can avoid the harshest penalties. They may be able to alter your sex offender designation to a less severe designation, argue for the possibility of parole if jail time is mandatory, and argue for probation as an alternative to jail time. While being charged with a sexual assault is a very serious crime, there are many avenues that attorneys have in order to shape the outcome of the case. With this being said, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options and next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been arrested for or charged with sexual assault, you should contact a lawyer immediately for answers to specific questions about your case. In the meantime, we have posted the answers to some commonly asked questions below.

I know I am guilty. Should I still hire a lawyer?

Regardless of whether or not you are guilty, you should always hire an attorney if you have been charged with a sex crime. Legal counsel can help you to navigate the legal proceedings, and they can ensure that they are fair. If there is ambiguity or room for negotiation, a qualified attorney may be able to also negotiate the sentence, or potentially get the case dismissed altogether.

I have not yet been charged with a crime, but am being contacted by law enforcement. What should I do?

Under no circumstances should you give an official statement to law enforcement until you have contacted an attorney to discuss your legal options and the implications of giving a statement. While you most likely have not been formally charged with a crime if law enforcement is reaching out, this information can still be used against you in court.

What are some of the common sentences for sex crimes?

The actual sentencing procedures for sexual assault and related crimes are best navigated with a lawyer. In general, most sex crimes carry heavy penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences and a lifetime of being registered as a sex offender. Some of the most severe crimes carry a mandatory minimum as high as 25 years, and up to life in prison. And the implications of having a crime on your record can follow you for the rest of your life, affecting your ability to find a job, find housing, and even see your children. This is why it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as you have been charged to discuss your options and understand your case.

Contact a Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer in Milwaukee

Sexual assault charges can be complicated and devastating if you are convicted. The experienced sexual assault defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. are here to use their knowledge, experience, and professionalism to defend you vigorously in court and to help you achieve a successful outcome in your case. We understand that you are in a tough spot, and we are here to help guide you through the legal process.

Our lawyers at Hart Powell, S.C. know how frightening and stressful it can be to face charges of sexual assault. However, every person accused of a crime has the right to a solid legal defense, and with our legal team fighting for you, you can rest assured that this is what you will get. Call (414) 271-9595 to learn more about how our defense team can fight to protect your rights and freedoms.