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1. I want to get some legal advice (Attorney's Office - General)

The City Attorney’s Office has only one client - the legal entity of the City of Appleton. Lawyers in the office are prohibited from providing legal advice to the public or to parties other than the municipal corporation of the City of Appleton. The City Attorney’s Office cannot represent or advise private individuals in legal matters. However, there are a number of available resources.
  • If you are looking for a private attorney, you can contact the State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 1-800-362-9082.
  • If you meet certain eligibility requirements regarding your income, you may be able to utilize Legal Action of Wisconsin. If you live in Outagamie County or Calumet County, contact them by calling 1-800-236-1127. If you live in Winnebago County, contact them by calling 1-800-236-1128.
  • If your legal issue deals with a criminal matter, you may consider contacting the local Public Defender's Office.


2. I want to sue someone because they did not pay me for work that I did (Attorney's Office - General)

The City Attorney's Office is unable to assist in personal matters such as this.

If you would like to bring an action against this person, please contact the appropriate county. For actions in the amount of $5,000 or less, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court - Small Claims Division for the appropriate county:
  • Outagamie County: 920/832-5135
  • Calumet County: 920/849-1415
  • Winnebago County: 920/236-4858
The attached is a very basic guide to the small claims process: www.wicourts.gov/about/pubs/circuit/docs/smallclaims.pdf
If this action is in the amount of $5,001 or more, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court for the appropriate county:
  • Outagamie County: 920/832-5131
  • Calumet County: 920/849-1414
  • Winnebago County: 920/727-2880
Those who would like to represent themselves, may find the following helpful: http://www.wicourts.gov/services/public/prose.htm

3. I want to pay for my citation or traffic ticket (Attorney's Office - General)

You can pay for your ticket at the Outagamie County Clerk of Courts Office located at the Outagamie County Justice Center, 1st Floor, 320 South Walnut Street, Appleton. If you pay by mail, do not send cash!

4. I want to talk to a Public Defender (Attorney's Office - General)

The Public Defender's Office (for Outagamie County) can be reached at:

State of Wisconsin
Public Defender's Office
100 W. Lawrence St., Suite 250
Appleton, WI 54911
Phone: 920/832-2774

The Public Defender's Office (for Calumet County) can be reached at:

State of Wisconsin
Public Defender's Office
926 South 8th Street, Suite 102
Manitowoc, WI 54220-4534
Phone: 920/683-4690
Please note that Calumet County cases are assigned to Manitowoc County

The Public Defender's Office (for Winnebago County) can be reached at:

State of Wisconsin
Public Defender's Office
404 North Main Street, Suite 200
Oshkosh, WI 54901-4954
Phone: 920-424-3304

5. I want to change my court date (the date listed on my citation) (Attorney's Office - General)

To request a change in your initial appearance date, you must send a written request to the Court Commissioner at the following address:

Outagamie County Justice Center
Attn: Court Commissioner
320 South Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911

PLEASE NOTE: Phone calls will not be accepted . . . all requests must be made in writing.

6. I want to contest my citation (Attorney's Office - General)

To contest your citation, you may either file a written 'not guilty' plea with the Clerk of Courts or you may attend the initial appearance, which is the date listed on the citation/ticket. At that time you will need to ask for a pre-trial conference. If you are not satisfied with the results of the pre-trial conference, you may ask to schedule a trial date.

7. I want to talk to the District Attorney (Attorney's Office - General)

The Outagamie County District Attorney's contact information is:

Outagamie County District Attorney
Outagamie County Justice Center
320 South Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Phone: 920/832-5024

The Calumet County District Attorney's contact information is:

Calumet County District Attorney
Calumet County Courthouse
206 Court Street
Chilton, WI 53014-1127
Phone: 920/849-1438

The Winnebago County District Attorney's contact information is:

Winnebago County District Attorney
Winnebago County Courthouse
415 Jackson Drive
P.O. Box 2808
Oshkosh, WI 54903-2808
Phone: 920/236-4977

8. I want to talk about my City citation (Attorney's Office - General)

If you have a question regarding your citation, please contact the Appleton Police Department at 920/832-5573.

If you have a question regarding what happens in court, please contact the Assistant City Attorney's Assistant at 920/832-1580.

If you would like to contest your citation, you may either file a written 'not guilty' plea with the Clerk of Courts or you may attend the initial appearance, which is the date listed on the citation/ticket. At that time, you will need to ask for a pre-trial conference. If you are not satisfied with the results of the pre-trial conference, you may ask to schedule a trial date.

9. I want to ask a question about the smoking ban (Attorney's Office - General)

Even though the statewide smoking ban took effect on July 5, 2010, Section 7-100 of the Appleton Municipal Code addresses most smoke-free regulations within the City limits.

10. I want to complain about a business (Attorney's Office - General)

To make a complaint about a Wisconsin business, please contact the Consumer Protection office (Wisconsin’s equivalent to the Better Business Bureau) at 1-800-422-7128. You can also find more information, as well as an on-line complaint form, at: http://datcp.wi.gov/Consumer/Consumer_Complaints/index.aspx

11. I want to complain about my cable provider. What are my rights? (Attorney's Office - General)

Please see the attached link for your rights as a cable subscriber, as well as who to call for more information. Click here for more information.

12. I want to file a claim against the City (Attorney's Office - General)

To file a claim against the City, please contact the City Clerk’s Office (920/832-6443) for a form. Please complete the form and return it to the City Clerk’s Office.

13. I want to file a complaint about my neighbor's long grass, weeds or snow (Attorney's Office - General)

Please contact the Inspections Division of the Department of Public Works at 920/832-6411.

14. I want to get a copy of an ordinance (Attorney's Office - General)

You can get a copy of an ordinance in a number of ways.
  1. You can visit the Municipal Code on-line and print the section that you are looking for.
  2. Call, email or stop by the City Attorney's Office and request a copy. If you do not know the specific section number for the information you need, we will be happy to help you. However, please remember that the City Attorney's Office will not be able to give you legal advice about a particular legal matter.
  3. Visit the Appleton Public Library. The Library keeps a current version of the Municipal Code for patrons.


15. I want to get an ordinance changed (Attorney's Office - General)

If you would like an ordinance changed, please contact your alderperson. Ordinance changes generally begin with a resolution from an alderperson. If you are not sure who your alderperson is, please contact the City Clerk’s Office or use the ‘My Neighborhood’ feature on our website!

16. I want to get divorced and represent myself (Attorney's Office - General)

Those who wish to file for divorce and not be represented by an attorney may find the following website a helpful resource: www.wicourts.gov/services/public/prose.htm.

17. I want to picket (or protest) a business (Attorney's Office - General)

Picketing (or protesting) outside of a business may occur on any public right-of-way as long as those engaged in the activity stay on the public area and do not impede the flow of traffic (i.e., stop people walking by, step into traffic, etc.)

Under Sec. 10-8. Residential picketing; unlawful assembly, picketing or protesting outside of a someone’s home is not permitted. Please see below.


Sec. 10-8. Residential picketing; unlawful assembly.

(a) Declaration. It is declared that the protection and preservation of the home is the keystone of democratic government; that the public health and welfare and the good order of the community require that members of the community enjoy in their homes and dwellings a feeling of well-being, tranquility and privacy, and when absent from their homes and dwellings, carry with them the sense of security inherent in the assurance that they may return to the enjoyment of their homes and dwellings; that the practice of picketing before or about residences and dwellings causes emotional disturbance and distress to the occupants, obstructs and interferes with the free use of public sidewalks and public ways of travel; that such practice has as its object the harassing of such occupants; that without resort to such practice full opportunity exists and under the terms and provisions of this section, will continue to exist for the exercise of freedom of speech and other Constitutional rights; and that the provisions enacted in this section are necessary for the public interest to avoid the detrimental results set forth in this section and are enacted by the Common Council pursuant to the provisions of W.S.A. §62.11(5).

(b) Picketing residence unlawful. It is unlawful for any person to engage in picketing before or about the residence or dwelling of any individual.

(c) Unlawful assembly. W.S.A. §947.06 is adopted and made a part of this chapter by reference as though fully set forth in this section.


18. I want to talk about identity theft (Attorney's Office - General)

The State of Wisconsin has created the Office of Privacy Protection that deals specifically with identify theft. They can be contacted at 1-800-422-7128 or at privacy.wi.gov/.

19. I want to talk to someone about a bounced check written to my business (Attorney's Office - General)

Please contact the District Attorney’s Office for the appropriate county for this matter. Please see our referral page for contact information.

20. I want to talk to someone about trouble with my landlord (Attorney's Office - General)

As this is a private matter, the City Attorney's Office would not be able to help you. For help with this type of situation, you may contact the Consumer Office Hotline at 1-800-422-7128. Information is also available at http://datcp.wi.gov/uploads/Consumer/pdf/WisconsinWayWEB.pdf
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