Sexual Assault in the First Degree: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About Sexual Assault in the First Degree - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

Sexual assault in the first degree is a serious crime in Wisconsin, and the penalties are very harsh. In addition to jail time and hefty fines, a first-degree sexual assault conviction stays on your criminal record for the rest of your life.

Degrees of Sexual Assault

Wisconsin law puts sexual assault into four categories, based on severity of the offense. The higher the degree, the more severe the penalties.

First-Degree Sexual Assault Crimes

First-degree sexual assault is a Class B felony.

The law says that in order to be convicted of first-degree sexual assault, the perpetrator:

(a) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person and causes pregnancy or great bodily harm to that person.

(b) Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe it to be a dangerous weapon.

(c) Is aided or abetted by one or more other persons and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of force or violence.

The penalty for a Class B felony includes a maximum term of imprisonment of up to 60 years. Forty of those years are initial confinement; the remaining 20 are for extended supervision. If you’re convicted of first-degree sexual assault, you’ll have to register as a sex offender.

Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About First-Degree Sexual Assault Charges?

If you’ve been accused of first-degree sexual assault in Milwaukee or Waukesha, call Gamino Law Offices immediately at 414-383-6700 or 262-650-6700 for a free case review. We’ll listen to your side of the story and begin developing a defense that gets you the best possible outcome.

Carlos Gamino