Question: How important is DNA evidence in a sex crime case in Wisconsin?

Answer: Generally speaking, a defendant who is charged with a sexual assault will fall into two categories of defense: either the act did not occur, or the act occurred but it was consensual. If a defense is that the act occurred but it was consensual, the presence of DNA is expected and therefore not often critical to the case. However, if the defense is that the act did not occur, the presence or lack of presence of DNA on the defendant or the alleged victim becomes far more important.

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