what is generally better expungment are dismissed.
does expungment mean to destroy as If the crime never happened
why do attorneys prefer expungment over dismissed because expungment means more are will help a person more than dismissed.
why do innocent people prefer expungment over dismissal just so they have better chance of getting a job.
can expunged case be reopened for legal errors made in the court
Once a case has been expunged it then becomes a "legal fiction" meaning it's treated as if it never happened.
If you need professional help with what appears to be obsessive repeated posting of the same questions over and over again, please try and get it. The amount of time and energy spent wringing your hands over this issue is not productive. Good luck.
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I disagree with the other answer posted. Expungement in the State of Wisconsin means that the court file is sealed and all references to the case are removed from CCAP, the internet website that allows the public to search and view circuit court case data. It does NOT mean that the case never happened. The Wisconsin Department of Justice still maintains records that will show an expunged case. These records show up in a criminal background check done by the Crime Information Bureau (CIB), which is part of the Department of Justice. Why do innocent people prefer expungement? - maybe because the evidence in the prosecution's case is strong and rather than risking a jury verdict of "guilty" the person prefers to accept a plea offer with the prospect of expungement. I always believe that a dismissal is far better than expungement, but the prosecutor does NOT always offer both as alternatives. The prosecutor is not forced to offer anything and the defendant is not forced to accept any offer. If offered both, take a dismissal (the case still appears on CCAP but shows the case as being dismissed - the defendant has NOT been convicted). If you opt for expungement, the case is taken off of CCAP, but the defendant has been convicted and cannot lie on an employment application when asked if he or she has ever been convicted of a crime.
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To expunge a criminal matter in Wisconsin has the meaning given to the word "expunge" in the statutes and the interpretation of that statute by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Sorry, but wishful thinking and a dictionary definition will not trump the law here regardless of how many times you ask the question.
Circuit court judges in Wisconsin have no legal authority to "reopen" a criminal conviction regardless of errors. Constitutional errors and ineffective assistance of counsel may allow for the withdrawal of a plea, if these errors are properly raised before the applicable appellate deadlines.
This is at least the fourth time you have asked this question. The answer hasn't changed.
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