Expungement and Sealings in Rhode Island

What is expungement?

Rhode Island contains a procedure for the expungement of a criminal record so that it cannot be accessed by others in most instances. The procedure is for a first offender in misdemeanor or felony cases. There are certain requirements to be eligible for an expungement. In order to find out if you are eligible for an expungement, you should consult with a Providence expungement lawyer at the firm about the specifics of your case. If you are eligible to have your case expunged a motion to expunge must be filed in court and scheduled for a hearing. If the motion is granted by the court, a court order is sent to the charging police department, the Department of the Attorney General and in some cases the RI State Police.

Expungement of records and records of conviction means the sealing and retention of all records of a conviction and / or probation and the removal from active files of all records and information relating to conviction and / or probation. Records and records of conviction and/or probation include all court records, all records in the possession of any state or local police department, the bureau of criminal identification and the probation department, including, but not limited to, any fingerprints, photographs, physical measurements, or other records of identification. If you or someone you know in Providence or anywhere in Rhode Island needs legal assistance in obtaining an expungement, please contact a Providence expungement attorney at our firm. We have assisted many individuals with an expungement and are well-versed in the laws concerning this legal action.

Understanding Sealing

Rhode Island contains a procedure for the sealing of a criminal record so that it cannot be accessed by others in most instances. This procedure is for any person who is acquitted or otherwise exonerated of all counts in a criminal case, including, but not limited to, dismissal or filing of a no true bill or no information. This procedure also applies to persons detained by police, but not arrested or charged with an offense, or to persons against whom charges have been filed by the court, and the period of such filing has expired. There are certain requirements to be eligible for sealing. In order to find out if you are eligible for sealing, you should consult with a Providence sealing lawyer at the firm about the specifics of your case. If you are eligible to have your case sealed a motion to seal must be filed in court and scheduled for a hearing. If the motion is granted by the court, a court order is sent to the charging police department, the Department of the Attorney General and in some cases the RI State Police.

The sealing of records means that any fingerprint, photograph, physical measurements, or other record of identification, taken by or under the direction of the attorney general or any police department shall be destroyed by all offices or departments having the custody or possession and the clerk of court where the exoneration has taken place shall place under seal all records of the person in the case. If you or someone you know in Providence or anywhere in Rhode Island needs legal assistance in obtaining a sealing, please contact a Providence sealing attorney at our firm. We have assisted many individuals with sealing and are well-versed in the laws concerning this legal action.

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