Of all sexual assault charges in Wisconsin, fourth-degree sexual assault involves the least amount of harm inflicted upon victims. First- through third-degree sexual assault charges involve increasing amounts of force and harm.
This classification of sexual assault involves any non-consensual contact not covered in the other classes, excluding intercourse. Unwanted groping is included in this category. This means any deliberate contact that is sexually demeaning in nature or that causes arousal or gratification in the defendant. Contact can be direct or through clothing and includes any part of the accuser’s or defendant’s body.
Fourth-degree sexual assault is a Class A misdemeanor charge whereas as first- through third-degree sexual assault charges are felonies. Class A misdemeanors can mean up to nine months in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Sexual assault charges can be humiliating and emotional. Even being accused of sexual assault can impact your life from your career to your relationships and well-being. However, charges do not mean convictions. The attorneys at Tracey Wood and Associates are known for winning cases that seem unwinnable. They will work tirelessly to investigate your case and develop a strong defense that tells your side of the story.
Every sexual assault accusation should be taken seriously, but that doesn’t mean your situation is hopeless. Contact the Attorneys at Tracey Wood and Associates today to discuss the details of your case.