DRUNK DRIVING (OWI DUI DWI) ARREST?

Wisconsin Statute 973.015 Drunk Driving Offenses

DOT Offenses Excluded

If you have been convicted of any drunk driving offense, including a refusal, a prohibited alcohol concentration level violation, or OWI, Wisconsin law prohibits expungement of that conviction.

Wisconsin statute, 973.015(1m)(a)(1), provides that special dispositions and handling of convictions do not apply to information maintained by the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding any conviction that is required to be included in a record maintained by the DOT under Wisconsin laws.

Alternatives For Drunk Driving Convictions

While Wisconsin laws prohibit the expungement of a drunken driving conviction, there may be alternatives available to you.

While this website does not nor does it intend to provide legal advice, a read-through of the statutes would suggest that the following actions.

1) You may want to hire a very experienced drunk driving defense lawyer (a criminal defense attorney especially focusing on drunken driving defense) immediately upon arrest for a drunk driving offense in the state of Wisconsin. By hiring the most experienced DUI defense lawyer, you may have the best chance of having your case dismissed before going to court or won in court against the prosecutors seeking to convict you.

2) Preserve your rights to appeal so that you may appeal your case if convicted.

3) If you have already been convicted, seek out an appellate attorney who is very experienced in appealing previous drunken driving convictions. Appealing the conviction can have various outcomes, including reopening the case, retrying the case, or even reversing it.

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?

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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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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.

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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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