Serving time as a juvenile can follow you for the rest of your life. Having your case expunged means that your name is removed from the criminal records of your case allowing you to pursue job opportunities, education, and generally improving your life.
Juvenile felony convictions can be expunged if you are 17 years of age or older and have competed your sentence. The court must determine that you will benefit from the expungement and society will not be hurt by it.
If you were convicted of a “peeping tom” offense, that is “looking into a private place” in a sexual nature, you are eligible to have your record expunged as long as the conviction was your first offense and you completed your sentence.
Juvenile misdemeanor convictions can be expunged if you were under 21 years old at the time the crime was committed and the maximum sentence for the crime was less than one year. You must also complete your sentence, and the court must again determine that you will not harm society and will benefit from the expungement.
Generally, the public is not allowed to access court proceedings in Wisconsin unless you are charged with a crime that would be considered a felony if an adult committed it or if you are charged with a more serious felony. However, journalists are allowed access to juvenile court proceedings and police reports provided they do not reveal the identity of the juvenile being tried.
If you or a loved one are facing a juvenile conviction, contact the attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates for a free consultation to learn if an expungement may be possible in your case.