A Dedicated Sexual Assault Lawyer Who Will Protect Your Rights
Being falsely accused of sexual assault can be extensively damaging to your reputation and criminal record. It is essential that you hire a skilled sexual assault lawyer who is willing to become fully invested in helping you fight the charge. With John Anthony Ward, LLC, in Kenosha, WI, you will receive reliable legal counsel and avid representation throughout your trial. Mr. Ward is known for his ability to provide his clients with a strong defense based on facts and a willingness to ask the tough questions to retrieve vital information from witnesses. Your well-being is Mr. Ward's priority and he will approach your case in the best manner to protect your rights. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Mr. Ward has in-depth knowledge regarding the laws associated with sexual assault and family law that can significantly impact the outcome.
What Is Sexual Assault?
In the state of Wisconsin, sexual assault is categorized into four separate levels which include:
- First-Degree Sexual Assault
- Second-Degree Sexual Assault
- Third-Degree Sexual Assault
- Fourth-Degree Sexual Assault
These four degrees of sexual assault are based on the type of sexual contact, use of force or violence, as well as the harm done to the victim.
Fighting Sexual Assault Charges
Three decades in practice in both Illinois and Wisconsin as a criminal defense attorney have provided Mr. Ward with ample experience with each level of sexual assault crimes. His familiarity with state and federal laws as well as his tenacity allow him to help his clients aggressively fight their charges.
First, he gathers as much discovery information as possible to evaluate what type of sexual assault case you are facing. He will then need to determine whether you are being falsely accused or are guilty of the crime. To ensure that every avenue is examined, he will also evaluate your case for constitutional violations. Mr. Ward has helped many clients who have been falsely accused get acquitted by discovering pertinent details.
Mr. Ward is personally invested in each case and is passionate about helping protect you.
He believes it is essential to obtain the vital information surrounding the case from you and witnesses. He will ask all necessary questions to best prepare for your case, and during your trial. This is especially useful in cases involving children since it is typically assumed they are telling the truth, however, they may be confused or manipulated by another party. With Mr. Ward, no uncomfortable question will be avoided and no piece of evidence ignored.
Family Law Cases
Mr. Ward's experience with sexual assault offenses can also be useful in family law cases. If one parent is attempting to prove the other is unfit to raise their child due to sexual assault charges or believes that their spouse is guilty of sexual abuse, Mr. Ward can provide valuable insight and investigative services.
While fourth-degree sexual assault is a misdemeanor, first-, second-, and third-degree sexual assault are felonies. When accused of sexual assault, the degree of the crime will determine the penalty, including:
- Class A Felony
- Life imprisonment is the punishment for a Class A felony which pertains to individuals charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 that causes physical injury.
- Class B Felony
- First-degree sexual assault is accompanied by a penalty of up to 60 years imprisonment.
- Class C Felony
- Second-degree sexual assault is punishable with up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 fine.
- Class F Felony
- If you fail to act on knowledge that an individual intends to, is having, or has had sexual intercourse or contact with a child, you may be penalized with up to 12.5 years imprisonment and a fine up to $25,000.
- Class G Felony
- If convicted of third-degree sexual assault, you may face 10 years imprisonment and a fine up to $25,000.
- Class A Misdemeanor
- Fourth-degree sexual assault is penalized with imprisonment of up to nine months and up to $10,000 in fines.
Registration as a Sex Offender
If convicted, you will also typically be required to formally register with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry which is accessible to law enforcement agencies and the public. This can affect where you are allowed to live and work as well as your personal life. While in some cases you may only need to register for several years, you may be required to remain on the registry for life.
Consult a Professional
Professional legal advice is highly recommended for any individual who has been accused of or is a victim of sexual assault. Mr. Ward is personally invested in each case and is passionate about helping protect you. Contact us online or by phone at (262) 654-8868 to discuss your case.
"Mr. Ward and his professional team proceeded tenaciously to build a strong case in my favor. His in-depth knowledge of the law resulted in my twelve year old felony becoming just a misdemeanor. Mr. Ward is the third attorney to work on my case, but the only one who achieved positive results."Emily Rogers