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.
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.
A few moments of bad choices can result in a lifetime of bad outcomes when a minor mistake results in a devastating criminal record. While Wisconsin has mandatory Expungement laws, you must meet the requirements. In cases where a mandatory Expungement isn't available, it may be necessary to talk with an Attorney. If you consult with a lawyer, be sure to talk with one who is very knowledgeable of Expungement laws. A criminal defense attorney can help you there. In some cases, it will be required that you reopen your case, so you may want to discuss it with an Appellate attorney.
Wisconsin Municipal Courts typically hear cases involving first-offense OWI DUI, traffic, parking, ordinance violations, juvenile matters, underage drinking, and curfew violations.
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.
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.
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.
Adults and some minors' cases are heard in adult courts in the State of Wisconsin.
Juveniles who are tried for criminal offenses have their cases heard in Juvenile Court unless they are waived into adult court.