Expungement (also known as expunction) means a criminal conviction is removed from your record. Once a criminal conviction is expunged off of your record, it’s as if the conviction never occurred in the first place.
Expungement in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, a criminal conviction can be expunged only in certain circumstances.
First, the defendant must have been under the age of twenty-five when the crime was committed. This means that for purposes of expungement, the issue is the defendant’s age at the time the crime was committed, not the defendant’s age at the time the defendant was convicted of the crime. This is important because it prevents prosecutors from delaying charging someone with a crime for the purpose of making that person ineligible for expungement. Second, the crime for which the defendant was convicted must be either a class H or I felony or a misdemeanor. Examples of Class I felonies are possession of marijuana as a second offense, possession with intent to deliver less than 200 grams of marijuana, and theft. Examples of Class H felonies are felony bail jumping and strangulation. Examples of misdemeanors are battery, first offense drug possession, criminal damage to property, and disorderly conduct.
Although expungement removes the conviction from your criminal record and CCAP, it does not remove any information from your arrest record. Arrest record information is maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has very helpful information regarding how to get information removed from your arrest record. Contact an experienced lawyer like Christopher Glinski for more information about how to get information removed from your arrest record.
An Experienced Expungement Lawyer can Help
Expungement is a great way for a person with a criminal record to get a fresh start. Once a criminal conviction is expunged, it should not prevent you from obtaining employment or possessing a firearm. However, the judge must order expungement at the time of sentencing. This means that if your lawyer does not ask the judge to order it at the time of sentencing, your conviction will not be expunged even if it is otherwise eligible. An experienced criminal lawyer like Christopher Glinski can tell you whether your conviction is eligible for expungement and how to go about getting your conviction expunged.
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