Public & Open records

Wisconsin Laws On Records

Wisconsin law provides an open records policy, which allows a system called CCAP (pronounced see-kap) to be made publicly available for anyone to look up information about another person, including potential employees, potential dates, babysitters, neighbors, etc.

background checks

Potential employers can (and do) conduct background checks on potential employees. During the background check, a person's public records on CCAP may be viewed. Some companies hire outside agencies to conduct pre-employment investigations, which will reveal criminal convictions, and other public records such as divorce, garnishment.

Records evidencing arrests and adjudiction of criminal cases are available on CCAP for all counties in Wisconsin with the exception of Portage County, which does not participate in the voluntary CCAP program.

removing personal information from online records

In Wisconsin, can you have personal information removed from the Circuit Court's website?

Perhaps. Wisconsin law provides that a person can petition the court of original jurisdiction (where the case was originally filed) to have their personal information removed from CCAP in a non-criminal case for safety reasons if it can be demonstrated that a potential exists for physical or bodily harm or a threat of harm to you, a family member, or a member of the household at that address.

To petition the court to remove online address information, you must submit a Petition, Affidavit and Order Concerning Remove of Address Information from Online Records (Form GF-183) for each case using the address. Petitions to remove an address under this rule must be submitted to the clerk of circuit courts in the county in which the case was originally filed.

After submitting your petition for removal of online address information has been submitted, a judge will review it, and determine whether to grant your petition. If your petition is granted, the address information on CCAP WCCA will be removed.

Note: a petition to remove online address information will not remove the address from the paper file, which can be viewed by the public and information given from it to the public.

To petition the court to seal your pape record to prevent dissemination of your address information to the public, a separate motion must be filed with same court.

wisconsin Criminal & open Records

You can view your criminal record on CCAP, along with the rules regarding open records, by click on the links below.

Wisconsin Open Records Rules
Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Rules
Circuit Court Records
Supreme Court Records
Circuit Court Rules By County
Juvenile Court

Criminal Code & Laws of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Statutes / Wisconsin Laws
Wisconsin Criminal Code Search
Wisconsin Circuit Courts
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Other Resources

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

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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.

Municipal Courts ?

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.

Circuit Courts ?

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 ?