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Wisconsin’s statutory rape laws are clear that it is illegal for anyone 18 years or older to engage in sexual activity with a minor. This includes sexual relationships between individuals with comparatively small age gaps, such as an 18 year old dating a 16 or even 17 year old. 

The short answer is no. Despite the designation of misdemeanors as “minor” offenses, a misdemeanor on your criminal record can have majorly negative consequences. Fortunately, theUS Constitution protects your right to legal counsel to help you avoid jail time, fines, and other penalties resulting from a misdemeanor conviction. 

Episodes of Law and Order may lead you to believe that law enforcement officers will always tell you that you have “the right to remain silent” during questioning, but this is not always the case. There are certain conditions in which law enforcement officers must read your full rights, but failing to read your Miranda Rights will not necessarily result in a case dismissal.
The pre-indictment process surrounding federal crimes is like an iceberg – very little above the surface, with most of the activity occurring below. If you have reason to believe you are under investigation for a crime, you should seek legal representation from a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending individuals suspected of federal crimes. Their first advice to you will likely be to invoke your right to remain silent during the pre-indictment process.

Oh no, have you or someone you care about been charged with shoplifting? Take a deep breath. It is possible to mount a strong defense against shoplifting charges, but you will need to help of a skilled defense attorney.


Continue reading to learn about some of the issues they may address in their defense.

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