A new Wisconsin bill may help low level offenders clear their criminal record through the expungement (also called “expunction”) process. The bill would create a path to clearing criminal records for offenders up to the age of 25 who committed a non-violent offense including a class H felony or less.
In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Representative Joe Sanfelippo said that the legislation was prompted by a constituent whose son had gotten into trouble at a young age and was not privy to the fact that an expungement must be arranged at the time of sentencing or is otherwise unavailable.
In response to the issue, the proposed bill would allow those convicted of crimes ranging from underage drinking to disorderly conduct to request an expungement of their criminal record after they fulfill their sentence, probation or period of supervision.
The proposed change has enthusiastic bipartisan support from lawmakers who believe that young people that make a mistake should not have to pay a price the rest of their life. Felony convictions can have long term negative consequences affecting an individual’s ability to attend college, find employment or even rent an apartment. The opportunity to seek expungment of criminal records in Wisconsin offers many a needed second chance.
Contact an Expungement of Wisconsin Criminal Records Attorney
If you or a family member has been convicted of a crime and want to learn more about clearing your criminal record, contact the Waukesha, Wisconsin criminal defense law offices of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for more information today 262-542-3900.