San Francisco is set to expunge roughly 10,000 marijuana convictions dating as far back as 1975.
Following a year-long review of past convictions since recreational marijuana was legalized, many California cities have been busily compiling lists expungement candidates, but San Francisco is leading the charge.
Noting that a felony conviction can carry a stigma that exclude many from participation in the community, the district attorney in SF said it is the right thing to do. Having already cleared the names of 1,230, the city is poised to expunge an additional 8,000 misdemeanor and felony convictions providing a clean slate to many.
Expungement, or expunction, is a court ordered process in which a criminal record of arrest or conviction is sealed or erased. Many who seek expungement of criminal records do so for employment or educational purposes or other reasons where having a criminal record is detrimental.
In Wisconsin, records may be expunged under limited circumstances which may include removing arrest records, or convictions committed under the age of 25 after the completion of the terms of sentencing. (Sec. 973.015)
Because every situation is unique, it is advisable to seek legal counsel experienced with Wisconsin expungement to discuss the circumstances of your case to determine if you qualify for expungement under Wisconsin law.
Andrew C. Ladd has over 35 years of experience expunging criminal records in Wisconsin. If you or your family member has been convicted of a crime, including for drugs or marijuana in Wisconsin and you want more information regarding expungement possibilities, contact the Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for a free consultation at 262-542-3900.