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Petitions for Certificate of Innocence: Frequently Asked Questions

It seems that every week we hear news stories about people who are wrongfully convicted of serious crimes and released from prison. The fact that so many innocent people spend years, if not decades, behind bars for crimes they did not commit is a tragedy. Even after a person leave prison, however, they should be able to sue the state for putting them in prison in the first place.

Understanding Stephen Avery's Post Conviction Options

If you watched Netflix's hit true crime documentary series, "Making A Murderer," you are probably wondering where Stephen Avery and Brendan Dassey can go from here, regardless of whether you think they are innocent or guilty.

Notable Results

  • Accusation: Attempt First Degree Murder
  • Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%
  • Result: Post-conviction petition granted
  • Accusation: Solicitation of a Prostitute, Obstructing Justice, Battery
  • Facing: 365 days in jail, loss of legal residence
  • Result: All charges but battery dropped, one year expungeable supervision
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