A conviction for any sexual assault or sex-based crime will have devastating effects on a person's life. Under Wisconsin laws, a person found guilty of first degree sexual assault can be a convicted of a felony, required to register as a sex offender, placed on lifetime supervision, and risk losing their good reputation, job, property, and freedom. Wisconsin laws are tough on sex crimes.
Sexual assault charges are very serious felony crimes that can be avoided altogether if the claims are false, or the evidence or other factors involved in the case would prevent a conviction.
If you wait to hire a criminal defense lawyer, the mere passage of time will prevent you from seizing opportunities to disprove accusations, challenge the admission of testimony or other evidence, dispute an illegal search and seizure, or other procedural remedies that are only available during the early stages of a sexual assault, pornography or other sex based criminal investigation.
While the Constitution of the United States provides that you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law and that you have a right to a criminal trial by a jury of your peers, you may want to consider the social stigma that has changed society's view of the presumption of innocence when a person is labeled as a sexual offender even before they are convicted. That stigma emanates throughout the community, in the courtroom throughout a sexual assault criminal trial, and far into your future (perhaps forever, even into the generations who follow you). .
A guilty verdict is a very bad outcome, and while no attorney can promise you a particular outcome, you can be assured that your opponent in a sexual assault case is a government that seeks to prosecute you and sentence you to jail for a very long time. By contacting a very skilled, experienced and successful criminal defense lawyer, you will take the first step towards preparing your defense, and if you take a stand to fight those charges with the right defense lawyer on your side, you will have done all you can to prevent a bad outcome.
If you believe that you are under investigation for a crime, if you have already been accused, arrested and charged with sexual assault or another sex-based crime, or if you have previously been convicted and believe your conviction or sentence were wrong, please contact a criminal defense lawyer right away.
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