After 9 years where the State of Wisconsin did not grant pardons, Governor Tony Evers re-formed the Pardon Board in 2019. Our attorneys have been representing people to help them obtain pardons since the Pardon Board was re-formed, including one of the first people to receive a pardon from the new Board.
Our attorneys not only have experience working on pardons, but we also have experience prosecuting and defending criminal cases in court. In a pardon application, nothing is guaranteed. Our perspective will help to give you the best possible chance of receiving a pardon. If you think you might need help, call our office at 608-250-9053 and ask to speak to an attorney.
How Can We Help You to Get a Wisconsin Pardon?
Here are some of the services we offer:
- Determining whether you are eligible for a pardon.
- Gathering records in support of your Pardon Application.
- Providing guidance on how to get excellent reference letters for your Pardon Application.
- Identifying all aspects of your life that make you deserving of a pardon and presenting them to the Pardon Board in your Pardon Application.
- Identifying the reason that you need a pardon and documenting it for the Pardon Board in your Pardon Application.
- Drafting answers to the questions on the Pardon Application.
- Attempting to arrange for a restorative justice meeting between you and the victim of your criminal offense.
- Preparing you for a pardon hearing before the Pardon Board.
- Appearing with you at a pardon hearing before the Pardon Board.
Who is Eligible for a Wisconsin Pardon?
To be considered for a pardon you must meet four eligibility criteria:
1. You must have been convicted of a felony
2. You must have completed your sentence at least five years ago
3. You cannot have been convicted of a crime after you completed your sentence
4. You cannot currently be required to register as a sex offender
The Governor retains the absolute power to pardon anybody for any crime other than treason. The Wisconsin gubernatorial pardon power comes from Article V, Section 6 of the Wisconsin Constitution. As a matter of practice, Governor Evers has not made any exceptions to these criteria so far.
Because all applicants to the Pardon Advisory Board are required to have completed their sentence for at least five years, the Governor currently is not considering any applications for a sentence commutation. A sentence commutation is a form of clemency (as is a pardon), in which the Governor releases a person from jail, prison, probation, or parole before they have finished serving their sentence.
If you are unsure whether you meet the eligibility criteria for a pardon, call 608-250-9053. We will attempt to answer your question in a free initial consultation.
Where can I learn more about your work on Wisconsin pardons?
In 2019, Marine Eric Pizer was one of the first four people in the State of Wisconsin to receive a pardon after nine years of no pardons. Read about our work on behalf of Eric, as featured in the New York Times:
We have even published our own article about the pardon process: