You will know when you have been accused of any type of sex offense. Typically, someone has made an allegation and the police want to determine whether the allegation is founded.
The Police Contact You
Usually, a detective will call you for an interrogation. It is rarely in your best interest to talk to the police without counsel present. Under Wisconsin law, an interrogation must be recorded if the police are investigating a felony matter. If you do go to the police station, make sure you either bring counsel with your or tell the police you would like to cooperate only after you have discussed the matter with a lawyer. The officers or detective will rarely give you any information about the investigation at this point.
You Have Been Charged with a Sex Crime
Sex offenses are prosecuted vigorously. There are mandatory reporting requirements under both state and federal law if you are convicted of sexual assault of a child. For reporting purposes, it will likely not make a difference if you are convicted of sexual assault or sexual intercourse. Sexual assault is the touching of a private area for sexual gratification, sexual intercourse is the penetration of a private area.
If convicted of a sex offense you will face significant prison terms. First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child is a maximum 60 year felony in Wisconsin. You will likely have to report and register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. You should not make statements at the outset unless you've talked to a lawyer. The police have a job to do - they investigate crimes. Experienced detectives have seen and heard about false confessions. Detectives and police know that people go to prison for crimes they don't commit. Given the consequences of sex crimes, you should consult with an experienced, aggressive lawyer at the outset.
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