When a court record is expunged, the court will seal the entire criminal case file and will not allow anyone to access the file without a court order. On the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA) website, a search for the defendant’s name or case number will not return the case.
Eligibility for expungement must be approved by the court at the time of sentencing. The court must find that you will benefit and society will not be harmed by expunging the record.
- For sentences imposed on or after July 1, 2009, the record of your conviction may be expunged if you were under age 25 at the time of the offense and if the maximum punishment for the crime was 6 years or less. Some offenses are excluded, and felony offenders are not eligible if they have a prior felony conviction. See Wis. Stat. § 973.015(1m)(a) for details.
- If you were sentenced before July 1, 2009, the record of your conviction may be expunged if you were under age 21 at the time of the offense and if the crime was a misdemeanor.
- The judge ordered expungement upon successful completion of the sentence.
For more detailed information on the availability and procedure of expungement, see our FAQ section on the topic.