A few moments of bad choices can result in a lifetime of bad outcomes when a minor mistake results in a permanent mark on a person's criminal record. That mark, as you are probably more than aware, can prevent you from obtaining certain jobs, loans and security clearances, among other things. Wisconsin criminal records are open to the public. When that past criminal record is affecting your life and preventing you from achieving your goals, it is time to take action - it is time for an Expungement.
A prior criminal record can be erased through a process called "Expungement" or "Expunction" under Wisconsin law. Sometimes referred to as sealing a criminal record, an Expungement results in the removal of a criminal record from public review. Read more at Expungement.
Under Wisconsin open record laws, all civil and criminal records can be made available for public inspection with very few exceptions. See criminal records and Wisconsin Open Records laws. Even if a past criminal record is expunged, a background investigation can uncover other information that can cause them to question your past criminal record or deny to pursue offering employment (see Wisconsin Open Records Laws).
Wisconsin law imposes limitations on which criminal records can be expunged. Generally speaking, a misdemeanor can be expunged, but a felony cannot. However, there are exceptions; see felony and misdemeanor.
Just because a criminal matter was adjudicated (tried) in juvenile court does not mean that the criminal record will automatically be expunged. See juvenile court.
Just as a matter being tried in juvenile court does not automatically dictate that the conviction can or cannot be expunged, a matter tried in adult court also does not indicate whether the criminal record can be expunged. See expungement, adult court, and juvenile court.
If you were previously convicted of a crime and seek to have your criminal record expunged, please contact a Wisconsin Expungement Attorney for legal advice.
As with any legal matter, there are many factors that must be considered before a single "yes" or "no" response can be given to the question of whether you can get your criminal record expunged. For sound legal advice about your criminal record, please contact an attorney.
If you (or someone you care about) have been charged with a criminal offense, but the case has not yet been adjudicated, it is very wise to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Laws governing drunk driving are complex. They involve operating a motor vehicle while impaired, intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol, a drug or other agent that impairs one's ability to drive safely. If you have been arrested for an OWI, DUI or DWI, please refer to OWI-DUI.com.
Appeals ask a higher court to review a low court's application of law to a case, procedure, ruling or decision. A criminal appeal in Wisconsin is a legal process through which a convicted person asks the Wisconsin Court of Appeals or the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review a lower court's verdict, sentence or both. Wisconsin law protects a convicted person's right to appeal. See Wisconsin Criminal Appeals or Wisconsin Criminal Appeals Attorneys.
A person who is convicted of a criminal offense in the state of Wisconsin, and wishes to appeal the trial court's verdict or the sentence imposed by that court must first exhause post-conviction remedies. Post-conviction actions addressed to the trial court are complex, and best handled by an attorney with experience in handling such matters. See Post-conviction
Nothing at this website is nor is it intended to be legal advice. No warranty is made or intended that the information at this site is current or correctly expressed or interpreted. The Constitution protects every person's right to legal counsel for a reason, and such rights should be exercised by all persons charged or under investigation for a crime before making any decisions.