See section 12-10-12 for eligibility of offenses to be placed on file.
The procedure is automatic. If, for a period of one year after the date of filing, the defendant is not charged with a violation, the complaint is quashed. If, for a period of three years after the date of filing, the defendant is not convicted of a crime involving domestic violence, all records are expunged without the requirement of filing a motion. For the specific procedure, see R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-10-12(d).