Now that Governor Evers holds office, the office of the Governor has reestablished a pardon review board, and the Governor is reviewing pardon applications. Attorney Rick Coad has successfully petitioned Governor Evers and Governor Doyle for pardons for his clients. Rick has a long track record of success and understands how to craft pardon petitions to give his clients their best chance for a pardon in Wisconsin.
A pardon is an alternative to an expungement when an expungement is not available under the law. While a pardon doesn’t erase the fact of a criminal conviction, it does provide relief, such as restoring certain civil rights, and the pardon is noted on your record. This can have a huge impact on job applications and other aspects of your life that have been made difficult by your criminal conviction.
When someone applies for a pardon they must tell a compelling story as to why they are worthy of a pardon. An experienced attorney can put together an application that is persuasive. Attorney Rick Coad has successfully submitted pardon applications that were granted by Governors Evers and Doyle. Put his proven experience to work for you. Call for a free consultation.
The expungement law in Wisconsin allows for certain types of crimes to be expunged under limited circumstances, including the age of the person at the time of conviction and the type of offense. Currently, expungement is only available to offenders who are convicted of low-level felonies (Class I and Class H) and misdemeanors if the person was under the age of 25 at the time of the offense, and expungement was ordered at the time of sentencing. See Wis. Stat. § 973.015(1m).
There are now several proposed changes to Wisconsin’s expungement law making their way through the state legislature. One bill with bipartisan support proposes to allow a person to seek expungement even if it was not ordered at the time of sentencing. It also would allow a person to seek expungement retroactively – meaning that people who were convicted of crimes prior to passage of the bill would still be eligible to seek expungement. The bill allows people to petition the court in which they were convicted for expungement if they can show rehabilitation since the time of their conviction.
A second bill in the Senate would allow expungement if a petition is filed within a year after successfully completing the sentence. While the house bill is more favorable to people who were convicted of low-level criminal offenses, both bills provide hope that those people can petition to have their criminal records expunged. Currently, neither bill has passed.
Expungement effectively erases any court record of a criminal case, allows people to regain their civil rights, and prevents employment discrimination. These bills provide a valuable opportunity for individuals who were convicted of a criminal offense to show a court that they are deserving of a clean record.
A skilled expungement attorney can effectively present your petition to the court to give you your best chance of getting an expungement.
Coad Law Office is located in Madison, WI, and defends people charged with a misdemeanor or felony throughout the state, including: Dane County, WI, Columbia County, WI, Walworth County, WI, Jefferson County, WI, Sauk County, WI, Dodge County, WI, Iowa County, WI, Green County, WI, Rock County, WI, Waukesha County, WI, Fond du Lac County, WI, Richland County, WI, Juneau County, WI and many others.