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Anthony D. Cotton

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  • Expungment

    so if person gets expungment then why cant they say the crime never happened never arrested never convicted as if the crime never existed other wise what is the since of expungmnt the first place to try to get everyone convicted of a crime they di...

    Anthony’s Answer

    A case just came down yesterday - State v. Hemp. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that the purpose of expungement is to allow a person to have a clean slate. And the court also said that a person can present to the public, and employers, as if he or she has never been convicted of a crime. This language is huge and now clarifies exactly what you are asking. If I were applying for a job and I had an expunged conviction I would answer "no" if the application asks if I've ever been convicted of a crime. The court of appeals has now said this is okay.

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  • Can felons communicate with each other?

    I have a friend in prison he is writing to a woman in another prison I thought this wasn't allowed to happen. They are "in love" when she gets out his parole will be over but she will still be on parole for 7 years can they get together?

    Anthony’s Answer

    Yes, if her parole agent doesn't prohibit it.

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  • Can I overturn a child support e felony from 2001.

    I"m just finding out that I"m a class e felony.my child support is all paid up and I will like to get this off my record.i miss 4 months of payments and turn myself in for 11 days in jail.need some advice what to do.

    Anthony’s Answer

    Jeff and Andrew are looking at this strictly through the prism of what the law technically permits. What you are trying to achieve is possible, but not through traditional avenues. It could take a lot of work and a lot of time, but there are options to remove old convictions, under certain circumstances, with the right facts. Feel free to contact our firm if you want to discuss.

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  • I got caught for theft what may happen to me?

    I stole 3500 from a friends bank account and it was out of greed. I have taken the steps to making it right by paying back all the 3500 right away with a sincere letter of apology. I have no past criminal record and am in the Army. I will commi...

    Anthony’s Answer

    You have enough mitigating facts that a good defense lawyer might be able to convince the prosecutor not to issue charges or to do some sort of diversion. I'd be happy to chat with you if you'd like.

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  • I received a order to appear from a court commissioner about a dept hearing, what would happen if i dont appear.

    is it mandatory that i appear for this hearing and what would happen if i dont

    Anthony’s Answer

    Potentially a warrant could be issued for your arrest.

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  • How long can wisconsin hold my husband on an extradtion warrent out of georgia?

    My husband was arrested on a warrent 7 days ago. Georgia has not filed paperwork yet. How long will my husband be in jail until they release him if georgia does not file. I have heard ten days and i have heard 30 days which is it?

    Anthony’s Answer

    Probably 30 from what I recall. I have worked on at least two of these cases recently and have been able to secure the release of my clients. If you want help you can call our office.

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  • Job Application: Do I have to include underage citation?

    Do I have to include my underage drinking citation if a job application asks, "Have you been convicted of any crime, other than minor traffic offenses?" I realize that in the state of Wisconsin, underage age drinking is a civil forfeiture. However...

    Anthony’s Answer

    It's not a crime so I wouldn't list it. I wouldn't worry about other states either unless one of then asks for details on civil forfeitures. You could possibly get this expunged depending on the municipality because there is a case called Melody P.M. where the court of appeals said that municipal forfeitures can be expunged.

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  • Is it unconstitutional for a first offender in a DUI death case to get sentenced to 18 years?

    It was an accident in Mississippi.

    Anthony’s Answer

    No. There's nothing illegal about that length of time. Obviously somebody is dead as a result of drunk driving, which is serious.

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  • Can i get charged with anything?

    While searching my room police found $2000 intended for fake IDs. The money hadn't been spent and they took all of it. I did allow the room to be searched but only because I was under the influence, which they got me for as well. No rights were ...

    Anthony’s Answer

    I doubt you can be charged with anything of all they found was some money. Hopefully you didn't describe what you were planning to do with the money. If the police seized the money it may be worth your while to challenge the seizure.

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