juvenile court & expungement

Wisconsin law provides that a juvenile who has been found delinquent under the Wisconsin Juvenile Code can petition the court to expunge the court's record of the juvenile's offense upon attaining 17 years of age provided 1) it was the juvenile's first offense, 2) the juvenile has complied with all of the terms of the sentence imposed, 3) the juvenile will benefit from by the expungment, and 4) society will not be harmed by the expungement.

UPDATE: 2019 August 21. In a head-turning spontaneous interview on the White House grounds while leaving for a rally in Kentucky, President Trump stated that he was opposed to expungement of juvenile records when the juvenile attains adulthood, and he wanted to see those laws stricken.

when is a person considered a juvenile?

Under Wisconsin law, a person who is under the age of 17 years is a juvenile, generally speaking. There are however exceptions. If a person who is under 17 admits to committing the acts of a crime before attaining the age of 17 years, it is possible that the case will be tried in "adult" court. In nearly all violent crimes, the prosecution will seek to keep or move a case involving a juvenile into adult court, but may be unable to do so based on very discrete legal technicalities. Original jurisdiction is a matter that your attorney may well argue in juvenile cases.

Is Expungement Automatic For Juvenile Court Cases?

No. The fact of whether a case was tried in juvenile court or adult court does not directly affect whether the resulting criminal conviction can be expunged.

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Being tried in juvenile court has advantages, but an automatic Expungement is not one of those advantages. Expungement is not a right, and it is not automatically ordered in juvenile cases.

For information about court ordered Expungement's, see Expungement Process.

In some instances, a person is waived into an adult court or a juvenile court. That fact alone does not affect whether the resulting conviction can be Expunged.

It is always in a young person's best interest to defend themselves against any criminal charge rather than rely on the hope of having a criminal conviction expunged. However, in those instances when the minor could not obtain a criminal defense attorney, or was convicted of a crime committed while a juvenile, then the next step is to seek Expungement after the fact.

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If you or someone you care about has been convicted of a criminal offense, please contact the law offices to discuss Expungement.

 

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...

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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?

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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.

Post conviction remedies are processes under the law that may help you after you've been convicted

Post conviction remedies?

Under Wisconsin law, you may have remedies for your conviction in addition to Expungement. In an OWI case, you may be able...

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Charges Dismissed!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Adult Courts

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

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Juvenile Courts

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

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