What You Need To Know About Pardons In Wisconsin

Pardons in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, a pardon is a form of clemency that can be granted by the Governor to individuals who have been convicted of a crime. While a pardon does not expunge a person’s criminal record, it does offer some relief from the consequences of their conviction.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for a pardon in Wisconsin, a person must meet four basic criteria: 

1. The person must be seeking a pardon for a felony conviction.

2. It has been at least five years since the person completed their sentence. This means completion of all confinement and all supervised release.

3. The person does not have any pending criminal cases in any jurisdiction.

4. The person is not required to register as a sex offender.

The Application Process

Typically, applications will show that the applicant has led a law-abiding life since their conviction. This includes showing that they have a steady job, are actively involved in their community, and have taken steps to address any substance abuse or mental health issues that may have contributed to their criminal behavior.

In addition, a person seeking a pardon in Wisconsin should also provide evidence of their good character and reputation. This can include letters of recommendation from community members, employers, and other individuals who can speak to their character and rehabilitation.

Once a person has submitted their application for a pardon in Wisconsin, the Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board will review their case and make a recommendation to the Governor. If the Governor grants a pardon in Wisconsin, the individual will receive a Certificate of Pardon. This document will indicate that the Governor has forgiven them for their crime and that their civil rights have been restored.


While a pardon in Wisconsin can offer significant relief to individuals who have been convicted of a crime, it is important to note that it is not a guarantee of employment or other opportunities. Employers and other organizations may still consider a person’s criminal history when making hiring or other decisions. However, a pardon can provide a sense of closure and recognition of a person’s efforts to turn their life around after a conviction.

Overall, pardons in Wisconsin offer individuals a chance to move forward with their lives after a conviction. While the process can be lengthy and the outcome is not guaranteed, it is an important tool for those who have made mistakes in their past and are seeking a second chance. 

The attorneys at Garuz Legal Group have successfully helped clients obtain a pardon from the Governor. If you are thinking about applying for a pardon, give us a call to see how we can help. 

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