Records relating to up to five misdemeanor convictions can be expunged by the court 10 years after the completion of the last sentence, so long as the person has no arrests or convictions in that time and no felony conviction. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1.3-2.
Ineligible Category or Citation
Convictions for crimes of violence are ineligible for expungement. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1.3-2(a).
The petitioner is released from all penalties and disabilities, except the expunged conviction can be considered a prior conviction in determining the sentence in a subsequent case. The petitioner can state that they have never been convicted of a crime in any application for employment, license, or other civil right or privilege, with exceptions. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 12-1.3-4(a), (b).
“Expungement” means the sealing and retention of all records of a conviction and probation and the removal from active files of all records and information relating to the conviction and probation. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1.3-1(2).
For more information regarding filing a petition to expunge a record in Rhode Island, visit here.
The petition can be filed 10 years after sentence completion.