Juvenile Expungement Update

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently decided State v. Matesek. The Court held that in order to be eligible for juvenile expungement, the court must order at the time of sentencing that the defendant is eligible. A defendant cannot seek expungement after sentencing if it was not ordered at that time. Wisconsin Assembly Bill 818 was previously introduced in the legislature in February. The Bill proposed changing the law so that someone convicted of a crime who qualifies for juvenile expungement could petition for it at any time, including after successful completion of his or her sentence. However, as of April 8, 2014, the bill failed to pass pursuant to a Senate Joint Resolution. If you would like to consult with an attorney to see if you qualify for juvenile expungement, contact our office to make an appointment.