AMC Theatres used to play a clip before movies that told audiences “Please don’t spoil the movie by adding your own soundtrack” and “Silence is Golden”. The same guidelines should be issued to potential criminal suspects: “Please don’t spoil your defense by adding your own statements. Silence is golden.”
Laws exist for a variety of reasons. Some are put in place in efforts to protect citizens from the negative consequences that can stem from certain actions. Because car accidents caused by drunk driving can often have devastating outcomes, laws focus on preventing individuals from getting behind the wheel while impaired. Of course, people make mistakes, and drivers can still end up facing charges.
Federal fraud charges are serious criminal offenses that can result in significant penalties. When Wisconsin residents are charged with fraud crimes, the alleged offenses can cover a wide range of possible prohibited conduct. However, at their core, many fraud-based crimes share certain characteristics and elements. This post will discuss some of those elements, but readers are always encouraged to discuss their individual cases with criminal defense attorneys.
As previously discussed on this Wisconsin criminal defense legal blog, the age of consent in Wisconsin is 18 years of age. That means that it is illegal for a person to have sex with anyone who has not yet attained their 18th birthday. Doing so and being charged with statutory rape may have serious and irreversible consequences for the alleged perpetrator's future.