Expunging Criminal Records in Wisconsin

January 17, 2022 | Criminal Defense Attorney

People who have been convicted of a crime could face consequences years into the future. So long as the crime remains on your record, others will be able to view it with a simple background check. When you are trying to find a job or a place to live, a background check could complicate things for you. Currently, Wisconsin is in the process of changing its laws to make expunging criminal records easier, in line with a national trend of criminal justice reform. However, the current laws are more restrictive. Nonetheless, it is possible to remove some convictions from your record.

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Who Can Access My Arrest and Criminal Records?

January 6, 2022 | Criminal Record

When you are applying for a job or up for a background check, one of your bigger worries is that people will find your criminal records. Such a discovery could make them take back a job offer or keep them from giving you a place to live. Even after your sentence is completed, you may be living with the effects of a conviction for the rest of your life. In fact, anyone with the knowledge (or who is obligated) can access much of your criminal record (including potential partners and friends) and leaves you vulnerable to the other effects of criminal charges. Mistakes that you make can follow you in life for a long time.

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Possible Criminal Defenses (Part 2)

December 22, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

This is the second post in our series about possible defenses to Wisconsin criminal charges. Some of these may apply to you. If they do, you can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned as we fight for your legal rights. With that in mind, here are some additional ways that you can dispute the criminal charges against you and either have the case thrown out of court or win acquittal from a judge or jury.

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Possible Criminal Defenses (Part 1)

December 7, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime in Wisconsin, your lawyer will look for all possible defenses to see if there is a way to fight the charges. Depending on the facts, there are a wide variety of legal defenses available. Here are some of the possible ways that you can try to contest the case against you that the prosecution brings.

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Wisconsin Still Charges 17-Year-Olds as Adults in All Cases

November 19, 2021 | Criminal Convictions

Criminal justice reform has a long way to go in Wisconsin. Along with being one of the most difficult states to get an expungement of your criminal record, the state has many other laws on the books that are very unfavorable to defendants. One is a law that automatically charges every 17-year-old who has been arrested as an adult, practically ensuring that they will begin their life with a criminal record that could be very hard to clear. While Wisconsin allows for expungement of criminal records when the defendant was under 25 when the crime was committed, this policy does not cover all crimes. This law seems more unfair and out of place in the current time. Therefore, efforts are underway to change this.

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SCOW Finds Generic Conduct in “High Crime Area” Created Reasonable Suspicion of Criminal Activity

November 3, 2021 | Court Hearings

The Wisconsin Supreme Court continues to make life harder for criminal defendants throughout the state, broadening law enforcement’s power through its recent rulings. In one case, the Supreme Court has practically criminalized being in a “high-crime area,” allowing officers practically unlimited ability to view any ordinary behavior in these areas as a pretext to search possible suspects. With rulings like these, defendants need attorneys more than ever to help them fight illegal searches and seizures.

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Discharge from Probation Didn’t Count as Successful Completion of Sentence for Expungement Purposes

October 22, 2021 | Court Hearings

Although momentum seems to be on the side of criminal justice reform and allowing for broader abilities to expunge criminal records, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals did not exactly see it this way in a recent case. The court would not allow expungement of a defendant’s criminal record when he was discharged from probation. In order to be fully eligible for possible expungement, defendants need to complete their sentence in full, no matter the circumstances. To ensure your best chances of expunging your criminal record, make sure to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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Odor of Burning Weed Justifies Warrantless Entry into the Home

October 6, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

In any criminal case that involves physical evidence, you can expect some scrutiny from criminal defense attorneys of how law enforcement seized the evidence. One of a defendant’s basic rights in any trial is their Fourth Amendment right to be free from an illegal search or seizure. When police enter a home without a warrant, their entry will almost always be challenged. This is exactly what happened when police went into a home after smelling burning marijuana. However, in the case of In the Interest of B.W.R., the Wisconsin Court of Appeals gave officers very wide latitude for a warrantless search.

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Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

September 21, 2021 | Criminal Defense Attorney

Don’t get caught up with a drug offense charge because of CBD. CBD is an increasingly common ingredient in both food products and cosmetics and is also smoked in various forms, whether vaporized concentrates or the actual flower of the hemp plant. CBD is derived from hemp, which under the Federal Hemp Act is legal across the United States. In a recent article in Healthgrades, CBD is noted as being particularly helpful for a wide variety of ailments and is used in products ranging from gummies to creams. However you ingest your CBD products, they will eventually make it into your bloodstream, and depending upon their contents, could lead to you testing positive for THC on a drug test.

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How Social Media Can Affect a Pending Criminal Case

September 9, 2021 | Constitution

If you have been accused of a crime and have a case pending, you might be wondering if your social media accounts and photos can be used against you. They can, in certain circumstances. Knowing what law enforcement can and cannot use against you can help inform you on what to review and whether to keep your social media accounts up at all. Whether your private accounts require a warrant to observe could mean the difference between evidence adverse to your case or such evidence not being allowed into consideration.

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