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People make mistakes. Unfortunately, sometimes those mistakes can result in a criminal conviction. If a person has a conviction on their record, it can haunt them for years. They might be ineligible for specific opportunities because of what shows up in their past. Various facets of their life, including careers, personal relationships, and housing, can be affected. This can be unfair, especially when the individual has learned from their mistakes and reformed. Fortunately, there is a way to seek a fresh start through an expungement, which allows the person's court record to be sealed. Wisconsin's expungement law is strict and available only for certain crimes. If you are considering this type of relief, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney about your case.

At Ahmad & Associates, our Milwaukee expungement lawyers can discuss this legal option with you. We have extensive experience in the criminal justice system and are thoroughly familiar with the process of clearing a conviction from your court record. The process involves various steps, and we will be beside you at each stage, filing the necessary motions and petitions. Recognizing that seeking an expungement can be complicated, we will be here to answer your questions and discuss whether your case is eligible.

To schedule a free consultation, call us at (414) 928-7771 or contact us online today.

What Is an Expungement?

In Wisconsin, an expungement is a way for those convicted of crimes to have their court records cleared. If the petition is approved, no one will be able to access the court's information about the case, and anyone who tries will be denied.

It is important to note that an expungement does not:

  • Completely wipe a person's criminal record,
  • Dismiss the original case, nor
  • Reverse the conviction.

Expungement only seals the information held by the court. The case details on file with Wisconsin's Crime Information Bureau and other law enforcement agencies will still exist.

That said, seeking an expungement can help remove some of the hurdles those convicted of crimes face. Although anyone may still be able to access the record from law enforcement agencies, having it cleared from the court's record provides a means for explaining the case and how the individual has rehabilitated and moved forward.

Our Milwaukee expungement attorneys are here to fully explain what is entailed with this relief and the benefits of pursuing it.

How Do You Get an Expungement in Wisconsin?

The process for seeking an expungement actually begins at the time of sentencing. Under Wisconsin Statutes § 973.015, the defendant must file a motion asking the court to consider their case eligible for expungement. If the court grants this request, it means that the defendant can later seek to have their record cleared; it does not mean that the expungement itself has been approved.

The steps to get an expungement depend on the situation:

  • Defendant was sentenced to incarceration or placed on probation: The probation officer or detention facility will submit a certificate of completion or discharge to the clerk of court. If they do not, the defendant can request the certificate and have it submitted to the court.
  • Defendant was not sentenced to incarceration or placed on probation: The defendant can file with the court a petition for expungement after they have completed their sentence.

At Ahmad & Associates, our Milwaukee expungement lawyers will review your circumstances to determine the steps you must follow to clear your conviction from the court record. We will also ensure that you complete and submit the correct form to the clerk of court.

Who Is Eligible for Expungement in Wisconsin?

As mentioned before, expungements are available only in limited circumstances. Specifically, only youthful offenders may pursue this option.

For those under 25 years of age at the time of the offense, the eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • The offense was a misdemeanor or low-level, non-violent felony.
  • The individual completed the terms of their sentence. Successful completion of a sentence includes:
    • Not being convicted of any other offenses.
    • If placed on probation, not having probation revoked.
    • Satisfying conditions of probation.
    • Paying all court-ordered financial obligations.
  • The maximum term of incarceration for the offense was 6 years or less.

For minors adjudicated delinquent, eligibility requirements include:

  • Complying with all conditions of the dispositional order.

The court may grant a request for an expungement if it feels such would benefit the petitioner and would not endanger the safety of the community.

An individual is not eligible for an expungement if they are seeking to have a felony conviction sealed and they have a previous felony conviction on their record or the offense they are trying to clear was a violent felony.

Learn more about the requirements for pursuing relief by reaching out to our expungement attorneys in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Expungement Lawyers Helping You Seek a Second Chance

A conviction on your record can hold you back in many ways. At Ahmad & Associates, we want to help people overcome barriers and become productive members of society. We are ready to guide you through the expungement process.

Contact us at (414) 928-7771 today.

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