Expungement in Rhode Island
Expungement in Rhode Island allows individuals to have certain criminal records erased or sealed, which effectively removes them from public access. This legal process is an opportunity for those who have been convicted of crimes to move forward with their lives without the stigma associated with a criminal record.
For most misdemeanor convictions, there is a waiting period of 5 years from the completion of the sentence, including probation or parole, whichever is later. For most felony convictions, on the other hand, the waiting period is 10 years from the completion of the sentence. Keep in mind, violent crimes, sexual offenses, and certain traffic violations like DUI are generally not eligible for expungement.
To begin the expungement process, you typically need to file a petition with the court that handled your case. The petition must include your personal information, case details, and reasons for seeking expungement. The court will review the petition, and a hearing may be scheduled where the judge will consider the request. If the judge grants the expungement, the record will be sealed or erased.
Although this process may seem daunting, having a Rhode Island expungement attorney on your side can make a huge difference. Your lawyer can assess your situation, guide you through each step of the way, make sure all the proper paperwork is complete, and help you put the past behind you for good.
The Importance Of A Clean Record
In today’s world, a prior criminal offense on your record can have a profound impact on your future. Most prospective employers look to see whether a person has a criminal history as a part of the hiring process, and background checks are often required the application process for coaching/volunteering positions. Fortunately, Rhode Island enjoys one of the most lenient laws to allow the expungement or sealing of a person’s criminal records. My name is Tom O’Brien and I have the experience to help you with this process.
I have spent more than 25 years handling motions to expunge and motions to seal in every court in Rhode Island. As a former prosecutor, I handled thousands of expungement motions, and I filed countless more on behalf of my clients as a defense attorney. My experience will work for you as I go over any questions you may have about your prior case. I will explain new developments in Rhode Island’s expungement statute that may allow for your case to be cleared. At The Law Offices of Thomas H. O'Brien, you will find the legal help you need with an expungement case anywhere in Rhode Island.
I can assist qualifying clients with having their criminal records expunged regarding many different criminal convictions. Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, individuals previously convicted of certain criminal offenses may be eligible to have the records associated with that conviction permanently expunged. I am available to represent clients with expungement matters in each courtroom, and in every county, in Rhode Island.
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