Wisconsin Expungement Statutes Explained
The proposed changes to Wisconsin’s expungement law, under Assembly Bill 33, would now allow those over the age of 25 who have been convicted of a crime to seek expungement following their sentencing date once they have completed their given sentence. Additionally, if it is denied again, the person can request expungement every 2 years thereafter.
Under Wisconsin's current expungement statute, Wis. Stat. §973.015, someone can only seek expungement under certain circumstances:
- You were under the age of 25 at the time you committed the crime
- The crime committed was a non-violent, low-level offense
- The crime carried a maximum period of imprisonment of six years or less, and
- You requested (and were granted) an expungement at the time of your sentencing
The Assembly’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee voted in favor of the bill in March, and there will hopefully be full legislation changes occurring later this year.
The Benefits of a New Expungement Law
The benefits of allowing someone to expunge their non-violent offense not only apply to that individual’s life but can also impact society at large. Many with priors run into some difficulty finding jobs. In fact, nearly 27 percent of those previously incarcerated are unemployed, compared to the overall six percent of the U.S. population.
Expanding expungement opportunities in Wisconsin may give thousands an opportunity to find work and help build the state’s workforce. Hopefully, we will see full legislation of the proposed law begin later this year.
Many find it difficult to obtain jobs post-conviction since employers are easily able to obtain the information during a standard background check. AB33 would prohibit employers from asking whether a person had a conviction on their record that was later expunged.
Sometimes, even inherently good people can make mistakes or bad decisions. We believe in the opportunity to help these individuals move forward. If you want a chance at a clean slate, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz. We will work to help you post-conviction move forward with your life.
Contact our firm at (414) 375-0797 to discuss your case.