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Not Guilty! Wausau WI man acquitted on charges of Sexual Assault. Attorney Chris Van Wagner

Not guilty! Madison WI Dane County jury acquits Attorney Van Wagner's client of Sexual Assault Of Child - Repeated Acts.

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Sexual assault, previously known as rape, is nonconsensual sex with another person without permission. Under Wisconsin law, any intimate contact with a person without consent or with a minor is a sex crime.

Sex Offender Probation

Any charge involving sexual contact or sexual assault is a serious one, with possible long-term life-altering consequences, including the possibility of jail, if not prison, as well as fines, restitution and strict supervision on sex offender probation with severe restrictions on such things as employment, residence, and lifestyle. Charges for a sex crime often bring notable stigma, embarrassment and humiliation. Additionally, Wisconsin circuit courts often order a person convicted of a even a misdemeanor sex crime to register as a sex offender for another fifteen years following the end of a jail or probation sentence. These ongoing effects can be devastating to one's family, career, and financial security.

Sex Offender Registration

The Sex Offender Registry is open to the general public; employers, business associates and neighbors have general access.

Criminal Sexual Assault Charges

However, the DA is willing to review the results of a sexual assault or sex crimes investigation before issuing a charge, and often is willing to look at and consider information helpful to the accused. This practice is due to the inherent difficulties of proving sexual assault allegations beyond a reasonable doubt where there are no witnesses other than the complaining witness and the accused person. Thus, when someone comes under investigation for crimes such as these, and they come to Van Wagner & Wood for immediate help, it is not uncommon for the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood to help prevent charges from ever being filed. For this reason, if you or someone you know is being investigated for any type of sexual assault or sex crime, it is critical that you consult with Van Wagner & Wood's lawyers right away, in the hopes that they can help prevent charges from ever being filed. The mere filing of these charges, which are open to public view on the Wisconsin State Circuit Court website and the Sex Offender Registration, can do tremendous damage to a person's reputation, as well as their financial security and future career opportunities, even if those charges never result in a conviction.


If you were placed on lifetime supervision by a court in the state of Wisconsin 15 or more years ago, or petitioned the court more than three years ago, and have not committed a criminal offense since placement, contact the lawyers at Van Wagner & Wood to discuss how you may petition the court to have your supervision terminated. (A petition for termination will not be heard if filed before 15 years has elapsed since being placed on lifetime supervision). If you were placed on lifetime supervision by a court outside Wisconsin, Van Wagner & Wood's attorneys may be able to refer you to an attorney in the original jurisdiction.

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 DUI 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.

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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 ( in the Madison area, or statewide) the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood for a brief but professional free first-impression analysis of your case. You can also send your case information online, or email the attorneys.