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The Criminal Appeals Unit represents the state in all felony appeals before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. The unit also represents the state in the above courts in appeals arising from sexual predator commitments as well as selected misdemeanor, traffic and juvenile cases. It defends state criminal convictions against collateral attack in federal habeas corpus litigation, and advises the Governor on extradition matters. The unit works closely with the state’s local prosecutors, providing training, support and legal advice. The unit also reviews and drafts legislation affecting the criminal justice system.
Wisconsin law does not authorize the Attorney General and employees of the Department of Justice to provide legal advice to private individuals. If you need legal advice or representation you may want to contact a private attorney. The State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service can help you determine if you need a lawyer, and how to proceed if you do.