Accused of Criminal Sexual Assault?

La Crosse Criminal Defense Lawyer Jim Kroner Will Fight for Your Rights

Photo of a person in handcuffsA sexual assault charge can permanently damage your reputation. If you are convicted of criminal sexual assault, you could be forced to register as a sex offender, putting your name in an online sex offender database where the general public can access your private information. You may lose your job, your home and your family. You may even have trouble moving to a different town because of the stigma attached. Because criminal sexual assault charges are so serious, it is important that you have experienced La Crosse criminal defense attorney Jim Kroner of Moen Ehrsam & Kroner, S.C. on your side.

Wisconsin law defines sexual assault as sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent. The law also states that any person under the age of 18 is incapable of giving consent, making it illegal to have any sexual activity with any person under the age of 18.

There are four degrees of criminal sexual assault:

First Degree: Wisconsin law defines first degree sexual assault as sexual contact or sexual intercourse (rape) that causes pregnancy or great bodily harm and occurs under use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon. It is a Class B Felony.

Second Degree: The law defines second degree sexual assault as sexual contact or sexual intercourse without consent in situations involving the use of or threat of force or violence;  injury, illness, disease or impairment of a sexual or reproductive organ, or mental anguish requiring psychiatric care for the victim. It also considers sexual assault upon someone who was incapable of consenting (including date rape situations where the victim is drugged) second degree assault. It is a Class C Felony.

Third Degree: The law defines third degree sexual assault as sexual intercourse without consent or nonconsensual sexual contact involving intentional ejaculation or emission of urine or feces if such conduct is for the purposes of sexual degradation or humiliation or sexual arousal or gratification. It is a Class D Felony.

Fourth Degree: The law defines fourth degree sexual assault as nonconsensual sexual contact involving the intentional touching of clothed or unclothed intimate body parts (molestation.) It is a class A misdemeanor.

Additionally, Wisconsin also has strict penalties for those accused of child sexual abuse including sexual assault, enticement, possession of child pornography and forced viewing or listening to sexual activity.

Because even a mere accusation of sexual assault can have devastating, long-lasting consequences, you must contact an experienced La Crosse criminal defense attorney right away. La Crosse criminal defense attorney Jim Kroner has more than 30 years of experience defending the rights of the accused, including those accused of sexual assault. Jim will act to minimize the impact criminal sexual assault charges can have on your life. He understands the sensitivity of a sexual assault charge and will aggressively fight to defend your both your reputation and your freedom. Do not put your future into the hands of an inexperienced lawyer, contact La Crosse criminal defense lawyer Jim Kroner today.

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