How to Appeal a Criminal Conviction in Wisconsin

November 16, 2020

The process of appealing a criminal conviction in Wisconsin can be complicated, especially for those who haven’t been through it before. One missed step or overlooked detail can spell disaster for your chances of getting a case heard before an appellate court.

If you’re considering appealing a criminal conviction in Wisconsin, it’s critical to understand that an experienced Wisconsin appeals attorney is essential to your chances of being successful. Experienced attorneys have been through the process many times before and can identify and articulate the errors that occurred during your trial––combining this direct experience with the skills needed to craft a compelling brief. 

This guide offers a simple, straightforward introduction to the appeals process, including the four main steps involved in filing an appeal.

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The Complete Guide to Post-Conviction Relief in Wisconsin

August 31, 2020

Every person under Wisconsin law has the right to appeal his or her convictions to higher courts through the appeal process.

While most initial criminal cases are heard in county circuit courts, appeals to rulings made in circuit court proceed to the intermediate appellate court system for review. If the appellate court reverses the ruling, a petition can be submitted to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for potential review.

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Video: 3 Things You Should Know Before Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Wisconsin

August 1, 2019

Watch this video to learn the top 3 things you should know before appealing a criminal conviction in Wisconsin.

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Video: Is it Possible to Withdraw or Change a Guilty Plea in Wisconsin?

July 11, 2019

Learn whether it is possible to withdraw or change a guilty plea in Wisconsin in this video.

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Video: What Happens if Your Appeal is Denied in Wisconsin

June 27, 2019

Watch this video to learn what happens if your appeal is denied in Wisconsin.

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Inside a Successful Appeal: A Stangl Law Success Story

July 24, 2018

The story below was written by David Wilson, a Stangl Law client who encountered a serious legal problem related to a firearms restriction.

This problem directly affected his employment as a truck driver responsible for hauling military equipment including ammunition and weapons. David went in search of a skilled attorney who could help appeal his conviction and protect his livelihood.

Following an appeal process, Attorney Stangl negotiated a settlement with the District Attorney, which the court approved. The domestic portion of the disorderly conduct charge was reopened, vacated and dismissed. David no longer has the conviction on his record and can now possess firearms and ammunition, allowing him to continue working in his position.

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Video: When to Consider Filing an Appeal in Wisconsin

April 10, 2017

Learn when you need to consider filing an appeal in Wisconsin.

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Video: Understanding the Direct Appeal Process in Wisconsin

March 2, 2017

Watch this video to gain a better understanding of the direct appeal process in Wisconsin.

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Reasons to Consider Expungement of Your Criminal Record in Wisconsin

December 19, 2016


Going through life feeling haunted by a criminal conviction you picked up in the past can be more than just a nuisance or an embarrassment.

Your criminal record can turn into an obstacle in your life, creating unique challenges--personally, financially, professionally and even academically.

Stangl Law Offices in Madison knows how important it can be for you or your child to have criminal charges removed or cleared from your record.

This article will explore some of the many reasons you might want to clear your record or your child's record in Wisconsin, as we as offer tips on how to get started.

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Appealing a Conviction After Pleading Guilty to Domestic Battery in Wisconsin: A Success Story

December 16, 2016


Trying to defend yourself against criminal charges in court without legal representation from an experienced lawyer puts yourself yourself at a great disadvantage.

In the case of one man named Dave, going into court without the guidance of counsel took him on a path that started as a misdemeanor offense in Wisconsin and led to a conviction which jeopardized his ability to perform his job.

Fortunately, Dave reached out to Madison Criminal Defense Attorney Pat Stangl for help.

What follows is Dave's story, shared with the intention of providing hope for a positive result if you previously pled guilty and are now considering appealing a criminal conviction in Wisconsin

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