Child enticement is frequently charged by Wisconsin police in cyber sex stings in which police set up traps (entrapment) to catch would-be sexual assault offenders. Under Wiscosnin laws, if a person entices a minor through encouragement, luring, or other solicitations, the person can be charged with sexual assault regardless of whether a sexual assault actually occured.
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Under Wisconsin law (WI Stat 948.07), child enticement generally occurs when a person causes or attempts to cause a child (a person under the age of 18 years) to go to any secluded place for illegal purposes. Enticement is an inchoate crime, which means that neither the enticement nor the intended crime must be completed in order for a crime to have been committed. It is a crime to attempt to entice a child into illegal activities whether or not the illegal activity occurs.
In order to prove enticement, the state's attorney must show that the enticement was intentional, and that the person sought to cause or caused the child to go into a building, vehicle, or other secluded place for the purpose of having or actually having sexual intercourse or sexual contact with the child, engaging the child in prostitution, exposing a sex organ to the child (whether it is the adult's or the child's organ), recording the child engaging in sexually explicit conduct, causing bodily or mental harm to the child, or giving or selling drugs to the child. If an accused person is convicted of child enticement, he is subject to the penalties of a Class D felony.
Attempted Child Enticement
If a person is accused and convicted of attempting to entice a child to engage in sexual intercourse or sexual contact, prostitution, exposure of a sexual organ (whether it is the adult's or the child's organ), recording the child engaging in sexually explicit conduct, or giving, buying or selling drugs, the attempt conviction is also a Class D felony. The attempt receives the same penalties as if the crime were completed.
Soliciting A Child For Prostitution
Under Wisconsin law, (WI Stat 948.08), if any person who is accused and convicted of intentionally solicits a child to practice prostitution, causes a child to practice prostitution, or puts a child into a place of prostitution is guilty of a Class D felony.
Criminal Defense Attorneys
Van Wagner & Wood is a criminal defense law firm located in Madison, Wisconsin. The firm's address and a link to a map are below. The attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood, Christopher Van Wagner and Tracey Wood, represent people under investigation for a crime or drunk driving offense or people arrested and charged with a crime or Wisconsin DUI (an OWI - operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs) throughout Wisconsin and most frequently in the courts in Madison, Monroe, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wausau, Jefferson, Jainesville, Fitchburg, Stevens Point, Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells, Richland Center, Sparta, Prairie du Chien, Marquette, Portage, Friendship, Juneau, Dodgeville, Black River Falls, Lancaster, Mauston, Middleton, Ladysmith, Elkhorn and Wautoma, Wisconsin (a list of the courts where those attorneys most frequently appear is provided below and on the Wisconsin court page). Those attorneys also represent people previously convicted of a crime or drunk driving who want to challenge or directly appeal the conviction or sentence.
Free Initial First-Impression Analysis
The criminal defense attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood are very experienced in defending people who have been charged with a crime or drunk driving, and they are very straightforward with their clients, never sugar coating the true or building a client up only to let them down in the end. For that reason, they prefer to refer to a first initial consultation as a mere first impression analysis because no good criminal defense attorney can even begin to fully digest all of the complexities of a sex crime case in the short and often hurried first meeting. If you would like a straightforward brief and professional opinion about the reality of the state's case against you and how you might prevail, please call () or e-mail the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood right away. You can also send your case information online to request a free initial consultation.