The state of Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state in size and 20th most populated with over 5.5 million residents. The state's economy begun with the fur trade with its first settlers to today's 10th largest manufacturer in the United States. Estimates put manufacturing over fifty billion dollars annually, approximately twenty percent of the state's gross income. Regardless of its manufacturing, Wisconsin is known as a major producer of cheese and dairy. 25 percent of all butter and cheese come from the dairy state also houses the largest food manufacturers of amongst states.
Wisconsin is governed by a governor and its lieutenant, 33 state senators, assembly in 99 districts, attorney general heading state's department of justice, Supreme court with seven justices, State Superintendent of Public Instruction in charge of education, Secretary of state which oversees elections, voting, records and databases, and State Treasurer.
The state capitol is located at 2 East Main Street in Madison and is recognized as a National Historic Monument. It houses the state’s Supreme Court, governor’s office and conference room where bills are heard, passed, press conferences, cabinet meetings and receptions are held. The state's legislature's two houses, Senate and Assembly, meet in the senate chambers located at the capitol building where meeting are held, debates and voting occurs. The 33 member Senate are elected to four-year terms and 99 Assembly members are elected to two year terms. Both, Senate and Assembly members must vote on bills to become law then sent to the Governor for signature.
The Milwaukee State Office Building at 819 North 6th Street Milwaukee, is the central office location for the department of justice, corrections, health services, workforce development, transportation, revenue, financial institutions, children and family services, Milwaukee governor’s office, board of aging and long term care and the state public defenders office.
The Wisconsin municipal courts have exclusive jurisdiction to hear cases which involve ordinance violations. If a municipality does not have a court, ordinance violations are heard in circuit court.
Circuit courts have jurisdiction to hear all civil and criminal cases, including probate, juvenile, and traffic matters, as well as jury trials.
State’s court of appeals mostly handle cases of mandatory jurisdiction, meaning appeals from circuit courts required to hear under the Wisconsin’s law.
Wisconsin’s highest court is the supreme court with jurisdiction over all lower courts, has discretion to determine which appeals it will hear, can also hear original actions, cases that have not been heard in a lower court. The court selects the cases it will review based on criteria described in state statutes.
Search for felony or misdemeanor criminal charges by requesting records from the Wisconsin state repository.
- Wisconsin Criminal Records and Background Checks
Wisconsin online criminal history record check system.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Milwaukee Office
Find resources for criminal background checks, criminal records.
- Wisconsin Inmates and Offenders Search
Find the location and release information of individuals incarcerated with the Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections.
- Wisconsin Sex Offenders
Search the WI Dept. of Corrections database of registered offenders by name or location.
- Wisconsin Most Wanted
Search the most wanted fugitives and absconders by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
Wisconsin Police and Law Enforcement Agency Directory.
- Wisconsin State Patrol
Law enforcement, traffic, criminal investigations and more
- Wisconsin Division of Natural Resources
Licenses, permits, information and more
- Wisconsin Attorney General
Civil, criminal and appellate courts
- Wisconsin State University Police Department
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- Wisconsin County Sheriff Criminal Reports