December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The fact that your child or loved one is not an adult does not make them impervious to serious charges. In fact, depending on the juvenile
offense, a child could be charged as an adult. More often than not, adult charges carry consequences that are more egregious than juvenile criminal sanctions.
Recently, a 15-year-old Wisconsin boy was charged in adult court after the alleged assault and rape of a woman. According to the criminal complaint, the woman was attacked after jogging to her newly purchased home.
The complaint claims that the suspect asked the woman for water as she approached the door of her home. At that time, the victim suggested that the boy journey across the street and get a drink from a local bar.
When the woman turned to leave her home, she claims that she was grabbed from behind and forced to the ground by the boy. The alleged victim says she struggled to fight off the attacker. She used pepper spray on the defendant, but this did not work, according to reports.
The complaint also notes that the boy stuffed a bandana into the woman's mouth as she called for assistance. The boy punched her three times and subsequently assaulted her sexually. However, the defendant claims that he did not rape the woman. Yet, according to the criminal complaint, he allegedly does note that he was attempting to rob the woman of her phone.
The boy was originally charged in Dane County Juvenile Court. Shortly after, the case was waived into adult court. The suspect now faces first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and other related charges.
At this time, the suspect lives with his grandmother and attends Memorial High School. Bail has been set at $45,000.
If the boy is convicted of the aforementioned sex crime
charges, he faces serious consequences. Despite being young, a guilty verdict could stay with him for the duration of his adult life. According to the complaint, the child does admit to criminal activity; however, this does not mean that he is a sex offender.
Many sex crime cases are the result of false accusations. Some matters proceed with the defendant's word against the position of the alleged victim. As a result, if you or your loved one faces criminal charges for a sex crime -- as a juvenile or an adult -- it is critical to have the support of an experienced criminal defense attorney, who can assess the evidence to ensure your reputation is not wrongfully tarnished
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