Wisconsin Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Wisconsin Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
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  • Many real estate websites and county property record services include legal descriptions. You can also contact a local title insurance company who will have that information, or you could call the county assessor's office.
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  • How can I find out in Wisconsin, when and who built my home?
    You can find out when with a simple address search, sometimes you can get it easier than others. Or you can also request property information from the Wisconsin department of revenue. There's a free and open search, look for the link "Real Estate Transfer Search" (eRETR) webpage. You can find this page on the DOR's webpage with the tab "Businesses". Then follow the link "eRETR"‹" and the Search Wisconsin property data link thereafter. There will be a tab RETR search which drop down, giving you several search options.
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  • Where can I find in Wisconsin, a copy of divorce records?
    Search court records, Wisconsin has one of the better online court searches that is freely open to the public. do a search for Wisconsin Court System, Circuit Court Simple Case Access. There's a disclaimer page, thereafter you can search as many times as you'd like.
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  • How do I find in Wisconsin, if the coyote hunter who shot 2 dogs near Bad Fish Creek on February 22, 2016 was ever charged?
    Since you know the location, you can try the crime mapping or recent arrest roster from the local police department, in this case the Dane county sheriffs department, their site mentions how to search and find out about persons in custody.
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  • How do I find out in Wisconsin, a list of prisoners released from custody on August 13, 2015?
    There is a general public offenders search on Wisconsin DOC's webpage, free and open public search for anyone to use. There are search criteria at the bottom of the results pages, including the status of the prisoner. The ones with ACS, have been released into community service and shows the dates of release.
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  • Where can I find in Wisconsin, information on a specific pending sexual assault charge?
    It's helpful if you know where the case is filed, in which court/county. From there you can check with that court's clerk or online web services that are open to the public, for example Wisconsin's consolidated court automation programs (CCAP), which is a case management system. That system is open and free. I wouldn't stop looking if there's nothing found through this one. It searches circuit courts (the state's trial courts). You can get to that page by clicking on "Public Records Directory" on the menu to the right, then on the Wisconsin Court Records link after. I don't believe you need to know which county using this search.
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  • Where can I find in Wisconsin, access and a copy of my tax records?
    You can request transcripts of your tax returns or tax account online with routine access to IRS records services. When accessing the IRS webpage titled "Routine Access to IRS Records", you will find form 4506 and 4506T, there is a separate option to order transcripts for a view of line by line information and tax account transactions. The transcripts are sent by mail taking from 5 to 10 days. You can also request open case files where you are actively working on a case with an agent.
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  • Where do I find in Wisconsin, the owner of an abandoned property, so that I can possibly buy it?
    County register of deeds office
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  • Where can I find an arrest report for an offender in Wisconsin?
    The Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau has a webpage which describes their criminal arrest search. Their url may change, so simply look up department of justice for Wisconsin. There is information about arrest records being provided by local law enforcement agencies. The database is the centralized criminal history (CCH) used to obtain 'arrests, arrest charges, prosecution, court findings, sentences, and state correctional system admissions and releases' according to the background check page. The information contained in this database is from local police departments' fingerprint cards. The police departments in Wisconsin are required to submit the arrest fingerprint cards by law under §165.84(1). Arrests without fingerprinting are not shown. You can request the search by mail or online with a link and form on the same page. Takes about a week to get the information. There's a good explanation of why fingerprint records are more reliable than name based searches. I'm looking for a person that was falsly accused of a crime and his name might of ended up in records for the childrens court and I do not have money to pay for records and I only have his first name who can I get in touch with to find him? Looking for the person is different from looking for an arrest warrant. A "people finder" search looks for a person under their name, spouse's names, past addresses, home ownerships, business ownerships and anything which would turn up a person's name and address/location. Arrest warrants can be viewed online through police websites (including sheriffs or any law enforcement agency). You will also find them in county or municipal court webpages where warrants lists are published For post convictions, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections show their inmates in custody online.
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  • Where do I find in Wisconsin, if I have a warrant for my arrest?
    Warrants are generally issued by judges/courts, but they can also be found on independent sheriffs (county law enforcement) or police (city level law enforcement) webpages. There are two types of warrants, non custodial warrants and custodial warrants which can be searched. Non custodial warrants are for traffic and municipal violations/citations. Custodial warrants are aimed to lead to an arrest and take the person into custody. Be sure to go to the source of the information, non government sites get their data from government sites, and may or may not be updated.
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  • Where can I find access to public criminal records for the state of Wisconsin?
    If you're looking for public criminal records, the state of Wisconsin's department of justice crime information bureau performs background checks. You can see what they do and for how much on their sites
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  • Where can I find in Wisconsin, what happened to killer Robert McBriar?
    Articles outside of the state by news wires can show more information if none are found within the state. You can also find out which department was investigating and look on their site for a press release since this sounds like a substantial story.
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