If you’re like most people, you’ve heard the term statutory rape before – but what does it mean, and what happens if you’re accused of it?
First things first: You’re probably going to want to talk to a Milwaukee statutory rape defense attorney who can give you case-specific legal advice, because this is a very serious charge that will stay on your record forever.
What is Statutory Rape in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin law defines statutory rape as the sexual assault of a child. A child under this statute is a person under the age of 18 (although other charges may apply, as well).
You can be convicted of statutory rape or sexual assault of a child if you’ve had sexual contact (up to and including intercourse) with someone who isn’t old enough to legally give his or her consent. Statutory rape is a felony in the state of Wisconsin, and if you’re convicted, you’re required to register as a sex offender.
Class B Felony Statutory Rape
Statutory rape is a Class B felony if:
- The victim is a person under the age of 12 and you allegedly had sexual intercourse with him or her
- The victim is a person under the age of 13 and you allegedly had sexual contact with him or her
- The person is under the age of 16 and you allegedly used force or violence, or the threat of force or violence
- The person is under the age of 16 and you allegedly used force or violence, or the threat of force or violence, to initiate sexual contact and you were at least 18 years old when it occurred
Class A Felony Statutory Rape
Statutory rape is a Class A felony if you have sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of 13 and you allegedly caused great bodily harm to the person.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Statutory Rape Accusations?
If you’ve been accused of statutory rape, it may be in your best interest to talk to a criminal defense attorney in Milwaukee as soon as possible.
Call us at 414-383-6700 or 262-650-6700 right away for a free case review. We’ll evaluate your situation and give you the legal advice you need to begin moving forward.