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Charged With A Sex Crime In Wisconsin?

If you are accused or convicted of a sex offense, you face lifelong consequences and should seek immediate help from a Milwaukee sex offense attorney.

People all too often lump all sex offenders together, whether they involve consensual (but still illegal) sex between underage juveniles or a stranger abduction of the sort that brings chilling headlines. Convicted sex offenders of all types find their names, addresses and other private information on public registers usually accessible on the Internet by neighbors, prospective employers and the media. As a result, many find it next to impossible to find a job, and more and more towns and cities seek to ban them from living in all or most of the community.

Even more troubling is the effect this prejudice has on one who is merely accused of a sexual assault. Allegations of sexual assault frequently involve no physical evidence and no witnesses other than the accused and the accuser. Such cases are often no more than a swearing contest between the parties. Yet rather than enjoying the protection of the presumption of innocence, the accused is often presumed guilty by the media and jurors called upon to decide his or her fate. Those involved in the criminal justice system know that there are more people wrongly convicted of sex offenses ― particularly child sex offenses such as possession and distribution of child pornography ― than probably all other types of offenses combined.

Given such serious and harsh penalties, you need aggressive and experienced Waukesha County criminal lawyers who know how to defend against sex offenses and how to appeal those cases in which you or someone you love has been wrongly convicted. At Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. in Wisconsin, we defend people throughout the state against sex offense charges and we have successfully appealed the cases of individuals who were wrongly convicted.

Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about your legal concerns.

With more than 25 years experience defending the accused, the lawyers in our firm know how to handle your case from the very beginning. Our Milwaukee sex offense attorneys defend people in sex crime-related cases including:

  • Sexual assault involving adults, including attempted or completed first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault
  • Date rape allegations
  • Child sexual assault, including first-degree or second-degree sexual assault of a child
  • Underage sexual contact between juveniles under the age of 18
  • Sexual assault allegations involving an adult and a teenager, such as a babysitter, stepchild, student or young athlete
  • Sex offense allegations arising out of divorce or family law disputes
  • Child abuse
  • Child enticement
  • Incest
  • Sexual exploitation by a therapist
  • Sexual assault of a child by a school staff person, teacher or coach
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Unlawful use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime

Many of the cases we handle involve false accusations by accusers who have a motive to make up the charge, whether for financial reasons or more complicated emotional reasons like revenge, anger guilt or fear of punishment from parents. It is absolutely crucial that such cases be handled by experienced lawyers as quickly as the allegation is made against the client (if possible, even before the police are contacted), so that careful investigation may have a better chance of uncovering the motive to falsify.

On the other hand, sometimes people do commit sex offenses because they have temporarily lost sight of proper boundaries or because they suffer from substance abuse or other psychological disorders. In appropriate cases, we know how to make discreet referrals for treatment and how to advocate for the best outcome in court that shows our clients to be human beings deserving of understanding and compassion.

More than any other crime, a conviction for a sex crime will have long-lasting effects on your life. A sex offense accusation made against a coach, teacher, parent or family member can permanently tarnish his or her reputation. We will act quickly to minimize the impact these charges can have on your life.

If you or someone you know has been accused or convicted of committing a serious sex offense, contact a lawyer at Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. for a free initial consultation.

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“I just want to say thank you for the outstanding work you have done for him and let you know how much we appreciate the time and attention you gave to his case. We are obviously overjoyed by today’s dismissal!” (Child pornography case dismissed after motion to suppress was granted)”

“After having had time to exhale, we thank each one of you and all the others who contributed to the exemplary Supreme Court presentation. We are proud of your efforts on our behalf and, equally important, on behalf of the many present and future defendants statewide.” (Client’s comment after Supreme Court oral argument)

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“I can’t thank you enough, not only for all of the tireless work that you and your staff put into my case, but for telling me what I needed to hear, at a time when I absolutely had to hear it. I consider myself blessed for everything turning out the way it did, especially since I blindly picked you out of a phone book! You helped me, my family and friends in many more ways than the money ever could.” (Child pornography client)

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