A Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin man wrongly accused
of felony sexual assault was found not guilty on all counts. Accused of
sexual assault of a child and repeated sexual assault of the same child,
he faced a very long prison term, registry as a sex offender, and lifetime
supervision. Attorney Chris Van Wagner helped the jury move beyond the
emotion to view the facts of the case.
Adultery is a crime under Wisconsin laws. The crime of adultery
can only occur if one (or both) of the parties involved in an extra-marital
affair are married to another person.
Wisconsin Laws On Adultery
Under Wisconsin law, if a married person has sexual intercourse
with a person who is not his spouse, both parties commit the crime of
adultery. Under Wisconsin law (WI Statute 944.16), adultery is a Class
The penalty for a Class I Felony
is a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 3-1/2 years, or both;
however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase
up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with
a prior felony conviction.
Why Is Adultery A Crime?
Under the laws of most states across the United States,
adultery is not a crime. Wisconsin legislature imposed criminal sanctions
upon the crime of adultery to preserve and protect the institution of
marriage and family. In 2006, voters also voted a constitutional amendment
defining the institution of marriage as being a legal marriage and contract
between one man and one woman. That amendment also addressed the state's
legal position on bigamy.
Van Wagner & Wood, S.C., Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you have been arrested for adultery, it may benefit you
to know that the crime of adultery has been successfully prosecuted in
the state of Wisconsin in recent history resulting in a man being sentenced
to prison for a period of years for having had an affair. If you are
being charged with adultery, if you have been accused
of adultery, or if you were previously convicted
of adultery and believe the sentence or conviction were wrong, please call (1-866-262-4599 or (608) 284-1200), e-mail
the attorneys or submit your case information] to the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood for a free brief but professional first-impression analysis of the criminal
charges against you and how the laws of the state of Wisconsin may
affect you, or how you may be able to challenge
the conviction or imprisonment or directly appeal
the lower court's decision or sentence.
Van Wagner & Wood's criminal law defense lawyers frequently appear in Wisconsin Circuit Courts in Madison, Wisconsin for Dane County; Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin for Chippewa County Circuit Court; Menomonie, Wisconsin for Dunn County Circuit Court; Eau Claire, Wisconsin for Eau Claire Circuit Court; Lancaster, Wisconsin for Grant County Circuit Court; Monroe, Wisconsin for Green County Circuit Court; Mauston, Wisconsin for Juneau County Circuit Court; La Crosse, Wisconsin for LaCrosse County Circuit Court; Wausau, Wisconsin for Marathon County Circuit Court; Sparta, Wisconsin for Monroe County Circuit Court; Stevens Point, Wisconsin for Portage County Circuit Court; Janesville, Wisconsin at Rock County Circuit Court; Baraboo, Wisconsin at Sauk County Circuit Court; Wisconsin Dells at Columbia County Circuit Court; Wisconsin Rapids at Wood County Circuit Court; Waukesha, Wisconsin at Waukesha County Circuit Court; Elkhorn, Wisconsin at Walworth County Circuit Court. They also appear at Oneida Circuit Court in Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Langlade Circuit Court at Antigo, Wisconsin.
If your case is in another area of Wisconsin, please contact an attorney at Van Wagner & Wood to discuss it.
Appeals & Serious Crimes - Homicide - Murder - State - Federal
Van Wagner & Wood's attorneys represent people on every type of criminal appeal, from post conviction remedies to intermediate courts in Wisconsin - the Wisconsin Court of Appeals - and Wisconsin Supreme Court, as ell as appeals under federal jurisdictions to the United States Court of Appeals. Attorney Tracey Wood frequently represents people appealing drunk driving (or related) convictions to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.