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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on

Q: Can a judge deny expungement due to a failed drug test during probation?

Class I Felony, Delivery of THC (party to the crime). 18 months probation. I failed 3 drug tests, one of which was my first day meeting with the probation officer, and was never revoked or had a violation hearing. At the time of sentencing I was told that expungement would be available once... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 19, 2018

The law is that you must successfully complete your probation. That differs from whether you were revoked. But given that you were not revoked, I have question about why your case ended up back in front of a judge. Expungement is supposed to happen automatically when the clerk of court receives... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on

Q: Can a family member compel me to share a recording of a private conversation with a now deceased family member?

I have an audio recording of a private conversation with my father, shortly before his passing several years ago. This conversation contains content that may be embarrassing to me. Another family member would like to compel me to share that recording and is threatening to take legal action. Can... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

Maybe. If the recording concerns the estate, it is probably discoverable. If not, then probably not. You can have the judge review the recording in camera (that means outside the presence of the parties to the case). That will solve the embarrassment concerns you have.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Wisconsin on

Q: Is this libel? "I would hate to see Mulligan Restorations butcher your historic home the way he butchered mine."

The contractor has no credentials to substantiate his claim that he is an expert in historic restoration. 4 bona fide experts in historic restoration have assessed the work he did on my house and have provided me with written reports outlining the deficiencies in every part of his work. I sued the... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

In order to prevail on a defamation claim (written defamation is called libel; verbal defamation is called slander), the statements have to be false. If the statements are true, then it is not defamation. However, you likely signed a settlement agreement that has confidentiality and... Read more »

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Q: What are my rights against my boyfriend ex calling my job and telling lies to boss and police about me.

Can both employer and ex be liebel? I lost job over it.

Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 22, 2015

You want to know what your rights are. In order to find out what your rights are, you have to go have a full discussion with an attorney. Specifically, what lies were told? You have to know what was said in order to determine that it was a lie.

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