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How do I find an expungement attorney in Appleton wi?

Appleton, WI |

Got convicted 17 years ago of attempted auto theft, have turned my life around and would like it off my record so I can get a good job. Been turned down for several once the felony is brought up.

Need to find an attorney to help me get this off my record, since Gov Walker is not doing pardons.

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As has been posted several times elsewhere on this list, the new law doesn't apply to you, and without the cooperation of the prosecutor and the Judge (good luck with that in Appleton) this is not likely to happen. On the other hand, you don't get what you don't ask for.

If you are serious about paying an experienced attorney to review your situation and take a shot for you, no promises, in Appleton, I'd recommend that you call Attorney Mike Rudolph.

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Wisconsin does provide for expungement of lesser felonies, now. It did not 17 years ago. The new law applies only to cases which are sentenced after the date the law became effective.

With the agreement of the prosecutor and the judge it can be done. As Mr. Witt said, in Appleton your chances are between slim and none. That is a better chance than you have with Governor Walker.

There is no such thing as an "expungement lawyer" because there are not enough of these being done after-the-fact to justify anyone specializing in that. You need a good criminal defense lawyer. Mr. Rudolph is such a lawyer.

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Although expungement statutes will not provide a viable remedy in this case, I have successfully litigated similar cases in Appleton by arguing that the file be sealed and CCAP entry removed, on the basis that the harm to the individual outweighed the public's interest in the record. If interested in pursuing a similar motion, I would be happy to take a consultation with you.