When someone has criminal charges filed against them, documents are created that can be accessed by the public. A criminal record is any criminal history compiled by state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies. By expunging or sealing a criminal record, the official information about the crime will be removed from “public view,” and with some limited exceptions, will not be available to employers.
Regardless of the outcome, it is best to have the court close the file so that it is no longer accessible to the public, including possible employers. The process which you use depends on whether you were convicted of the charge(s).
Under Rhode Island Law, if you are a "first time offender" you may be able to have your misdemeanor or felony criminal conviction expunged. Should your Motion to Expunge be granted, the Court will order destroyed all records of your conviction, including all court records, any records in the possession of the State or local police departments, the bureau of criminal identification, and the probation department.
Any person who had been acquitted or otherwise exonerated in a criminal case, or had their criminal matter disposed of by way of a filing, may be entitled to have the court records sealed, and any records in the possession of the State or local police departments destroyed.
If you would like to discuss your particular needs with Attorney Christopher E. Friel, please contact us today by calling 401-737-4200 extension 23.