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Sexual Assault Lawyer

Rick Coad understands how to effectively defend allegations of sexual assault. Many of the cases he has defended have resulted in dismissal, or reduced charges. Contact him today to discuss your case.

Rick Coad is a criminal defense attorney who defends people accused of sexual assault. He has successfully defended charges of first degree sexual assault, second degree sexual assault, third degree sexual assault, fourth degree sexual assault, sexual assault of a child, statutory rape, and enticement, among others. Sexual assault cases can turn on aggressive investigation, challenging physical evidence, and intensive preparation for trial.

The circumstances involved in these cases can vary widely. For most of our clients, it’s a situation they never thought they’d find themselves in. We have defended cases where the complaining witness has claimed she was too intoxicated to consent. In other cases, a complaining witness may allege that she consented to certain sexual activity, but then did not consent to other sexual activity. Often, there are no other witnesses, and a case can come down to the combination of “he said/she said” and little physical evidence. It is scary to be accused of such an offense. Rick Coad understands how to investigate these cases, which experts to use to his clients’ advantage, what motions to file, and how to defend them at trial. Often, however, if a case is handled properly from a defense perspective, a defense lawyer can achieve excellent results without going to trial. Even in the most difficult of cases, it is possible avoid the most serious potential outcomes and get a just result.

Coad Law is located in Madison, Wisconsin, and defends people charged with sexual assault offenses throughout the state, including: Dane County, Columbia County, Iowa County, Jefferson County, Sauk County. Contact us for a free consultation today.

Sample Case Results -

2nd Degree Sexual Assault- Use of Force Dismissed (Dane County 2017)

Attorney Rick Coad represented a client charged with one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault with the Use of Force, two counts of 4th Degree Sexual Assault with the use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of disorderly conduct with the use of a dangerous weapon. A woman claimed that in the early morning hours the client threatened her and sexually assaulted her in a motel room. Her account of what happened left out critical portions of the encounter that didn’t match the physical evidence in the case. Through thorough investigation, Attorney Coad discovered evidence that filled in the missing pieces of her story, and ultimately revealed that she had lied to the police about the nature of their encounter. Attorney Coad successfully negotiated the dismissal of all of the charges prior to trial. The result achieved shows the critical importance of the defense examining every detail in a timeline of events, and thoroughly and aggressively investigating a case.

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