Felony Expungements

What is a Felony?

A Misdemeanor is a 'crime' for which the punishment is a sentence in jail for less than one (1) year. All other 'crimes' are Felony offenses.

Can a felony offense be expunged?

Under Wisconsin criminal code, only certain Felony convictions may be expunged.

Wisconsin criminal code

The Wisconsin criminal code consists of all of the criminal laws of the state of Wisconsin, which are enumerated (to mention separately as if in counting; name one by one; specify, as in a list).

felony classifications

Wisconsin classifies its Felony and Misdemeanor crimes according to the sentence allowable under the Statute. Felonies are classified as: Class A felony, Class B felony, Class C felony, Class D felony, Class E felony, Class F felony, Class G felony, Class H felony, Class I felony offenses.

Felony Imprisonment

Felonies and misdemeanors are considered criminal charges, but with one major distinction: imprisonment.

The prison sentence for a Felony conviction would be served in a State or Federal prison; conversely, the jail sentence for a Misdemeanor conviction would be served in a county jail. In some instances, a prison serving time for a Misdemeanor conviction may be housed in municipal or state facilitaties.

civil liberties

A felony conviction affects the person's civil liberties - such as the right to vote, the right to bare arms, the privilege serve jury duty- and can affect the person's ability to obtain employment and licenses, especially security clearances.

The Right To Vote

Does a convicted felon have the right to vote?

Under Wisconsin laws, a convicted felon may not vote until such time that the sentence imposed for the felony has been completed provided no other voting restrictions or felony convictions exist.

The Right to Bear Arms

Does a convicted felon have a right to bear arms (carry a firearm)?

Under both Wisconsin and federal laws, a convicted felon is forever prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm. 

Jury Duty

Are convicted felons allowed to serve on a jury?

As with voting rights, a convicted felon cannot serve on a jury until such time that the sentence imposed for the felony conviction is completed provided there are no other outstanding felony convictions or no other restrictions placed on the felon from serving jury duty.

WISCONSIN EXPUNGEMENT

What Is An Expungement?

Past criminal record stopping you?

When your past criminal record is affecting your life and preventing you from achieving your goals, it is time to take action - it is time to seek an Expungement.

Mandatory Expungements

Mandatory Expungements?

Yes, under Wisconsin law, some Expungements are mandatory, but these conditions MUST be met during sentencing...

Expunge an OWI DUI

Can an OWI DUI be Expunged?

Got an OWI? You will want to talk with a DUI defense attorney. Already convicted of drunk driving? Wondering about Expungement of a DUI conviction?

Expungement Attorney

Do I need an Expungement lawyer?

In some cases, Expungement Attorneys, Criminal Defense Lawyers or OWI DUI Attorneys are needed, while in other cases, an appellate attorney is needed to reopen the case or pursue an appeal of a prior criminal conviction.

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Employers see convictions?

Can a potential employer see your criminal record? What about your fellow workers? Who can read your criminal file?

Juvenile criminal records expunged

Juvenile records sealed?

Are juvenile criminal records automatically sealed when the juvenile turns 18? Does that Expunge them? What if the case is tried in adult court rather than juvenile court?

What Is An Expungement?

Closed? Sealed? Erased? Expunged?

What is erased? See If Expunged. Erasing a criminal record, called 'Expungement' or 'Expunction' results in removing information from public view, such as on CCAP, also called sealing a criminal record. See also Expungement process.

Charges Dismissed

Charges Dismissed!

Expungement or Dismissal? When can you get the charges dismissed?

LAW BOOKS, FORMS & JOBS

Wisconsin Law Books DUI Defense, 8th Edition

Employment, Jobs & Careers

Wisconsin Job Resources

Forms

Wisconsin Expungement Petition

Open Records Laws

Wisconsin Open Records     U.S. Open Records    Criminal Records

Wisconsin Expungement

A few moments of bad choices can result in a lifetime of bad outcomes when a minor mistake results in a permanent devastating mark on a person's public record. That mark, as you are probably more than aware, can prevent you from obtaining a certain job, getting a loan, or getting or even keeping your security clearance. 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 to seek an Expungement.

Wisconsin Municipal Courts

Wisconsin Municipal Courts typically hear cases involving first-offense OWI DUI, traffic, parking, ordinance violations, juvenile matters, underage drinking, and curfew violations.

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Circuit Courts & CCAP

Wisconsin Circuit Courts are trial courts divided into branches. Most counties have one branch, some share judges. Most criminal cases, 2nd and more serious drunken driving cases and civil suits are heard in Circuit Courts. CCAP is the public access to criminal, civil and other Court records.

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Wisconsin Appellate Courts

Wisconsin Courts of Appeals are intermediate Courts to which cases are appealed. Criminal cases can be appealed by the Defendant or the District Attorney's office. The Appellate Courts are located in Milwaukee, Madison, Waukesha and Wausau.

Appellate Courts »

Wisconsin Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the highest Court in the state. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over appeals from lower Courts and other matters, as well as regulating and adminstrating the practice of law in Wisconsin.

Supreme Court »

Adult Courts

Adults and some minors' cases are heard in adult courts in the State of Wisconsin.

Adult Courts »

Juvenile Courts

Juveniles who are tried for criminal offenses have their cases heard in Juvenile Court unless they are waived into adult court.

Juvenile Courts »