Milwaukee Statutory Rape Attorneys

In the state of Wisconsin, statutory rape convictions often carry extremely harsh penalties that could potentially change the course of a person’s life. The statutory rape attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C., understand the uncertainty that many defendants feel when they are charged with a serious crime, and we are confident that we can provide defendants with the best legal defense possible.

If you or someone you know is facing statutory rape charges, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible with whom you can discuss the facts of your case. Our legal professionals can help you better understand your legal options. For a confidential consultation, please contact the Milwaukee area statutory rape attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 today.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me?

A statutory rape case is serious and can have a major impact on the course of your life. Qualified criminal defense lawyers can give you some peace of mind by providing strong representation for your defense in court. With their knowledge of the law and experience with court proceedings, they can be the deciding factor in a case. A knowledgeable statutory rape defense lawyer will be able to assess your case, help you understand your legal options, and defend you all the way through the verdict and sentencing process.

Experienced Milwaukee area statutory rape defense lawyers will craft a solid legal defense and ensure that the proceedings are fair. They will constantly be on the lookout for opportunities to negotiate a more favorable sentence or potentially work to get the case and charges dismissed. Guilty or not, they will help to provide a defense of your legal and constitutional rights, ensuring that your voice is heard and you receive a fair trial. With a lawyer’s help, you are more likely to face reduced charges or a lighter sentence.

Why Choose Hart Powell, S.C.?

Hart Powell, S.C. has decades of combined experience helping clients accused of a large variety of crimes, including those accused of sex crimes such as statutory rape. Our Milwaukee-area statutory rape criminal defense attorneys are prepared to defend your legal and constitutional rights in court, understanding your case and preparing the strongest defense possible.

We promise to ensure a fair trial and vigorous defense, and we also bring experience and results. Several of our attorneys are considered ‘Rising Stars’ and ‘Super Lawyers’ in Wisconsin. As a testament to our level of service and knowledge of criminal law in every case we defend, a number of our attorneys also maintain perfect ‘10’ ratings in legal service website Avvo, which aggregates results, reviews, and the experience of the attorneys.

Our managing partner, attorney Michael F. Hart, an appointee of former Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle, maintains a strong legal resume and presence in the Milwaukee area, and is one of the area’s top criminal defense attorneys. Attorney Craig S. Powell has been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States by National Trial Lawyers, demonstrating the elite level of representation that Hart Powell, S.C. provides. We promise to treat you with respect, seek to thoroughly understand the details of your case, and provide a rigorous defense of your legal and constitutional rights in court.

Conviction Consequences for Statutory Rape

Though penalties related to a statutory rape conviction vary depending on the specific situation, they depend on two primary factors: the age of those involved and the alleged sexual act. Some penalty examples include:

  • Sexual intercourse with a child 16 or older: Class A Misdemeanor: up to $10,000; 9 months in jail
  • Second-degree sexual assault of a child age 13-15: Class C Felony: up to $100,000; 40 years in prison
  • First-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13: Class B Felony: up to 60 years in prison

Beyond a felony/misdemeanor charge, there are additional consequences to a sex crime such as statutory rape. If you are convicted, you will likely have to register as a sex offender for life. This designation can ruin your reputation and permanently affect where you are able to work and live. It can even affect your ability to retain custody over your own children.

The state of Wisconsin does not take statutory rape cases lightly, which is why it is of the utmost importance for defendants to secure the guidance of a solid legal defense team. The statutory rape attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C., know what it takes to defend Milwaukee people facing serious criminal charges, and we are ready to speak with you today. We may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to get you a less severe sex offender designation. We may also be able to negotiate the possibility of parole or probation, depending on the mandatory minimum sentence. Sex crimes are severe crimes with severe penalties, but attorneys do have some power to shape the outcomes of sentencing.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have been charged with statutory rape, be sure to contact a lawyer immediately before speaking to law enforcement. We have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions below, but when you schedule a consultation, we can answer any specific questions you may have.

How does being above or below the age of consent impact sentencing for statutory rape in Wisconsin?

The age of consent in Wisconsin is 18, no questions asked, even for individuals under 18. For sexual intercourse with children who are 16 or 17 years old, the penalty is typically a misdemeanor, but sex with anyone younger than 16 is a felony – even if you are under the age of 18. It is still a crime for those under the age of 18 to have sex with someone under the age of 18.

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

Under no circumstances should you speak with law enforcement if you are being contacted and have not been indicted without first speaking to a lawyer. Anything you say can be used against you should you be charged and the case goes to court. There are legal implications for everything you say to law enforcement, especially if they are asking for you to provide an official statement. If you are in this situation, you should contact one of our Milwaukee-area criminal defense lawyers, even if you are innocent.

Is it illegal to send nude photographs between consenting parties?

Between two consenting individuals over 18 years of age, there is no legal penalty for exchanging nude photographs. If any or both of the parties are minors, they can face child pornography charges – a federal crime – and be subject to mandatory minimum sentences.

Contact a Statutory Rape Lawyer in Milwaukee

Statutory rape is a serious crime with serious consequences. If you or someone you know has been charged, regardless of whether or not you are guilty, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the charges, your legal options, and next steps. At Hart Powell, S.C., our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to defend people facing the most serious of charges and to make sure that their legal and constitutional rights are respected. We understand that this sort of charge can blindside you and carries a great deal of gravity, and we are here to help you defend your rights throughout the legal process.

If you or someone you know is facing statutory rape charges, contact a Milwaukee attorney at Hart Powell, S.C., at your soonest convenience. Our attorneys have successfully defended clients against serious charges, and we are ready to discuss your case today. Obtaining skilled criminal defense representation is critical in fighting against a conviction and the related harsh penalties, and when you contact our offices at (414) 271-9595, we can begin to discuss your legal options.