Overview Description

Records relating to a case placed on file will be expunged by the court one year after the date of filing. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-10-12(c).

Ineligible Category or Citation

See section 12-10-12 for eligibility of offenses to be placed on file.

Procedure General

The procedure is automatic. If no action is taken on the complaint for a period of one year following the filing, the complaint will be automatically expunged. For the specific procedure, see R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-10-12(c).


There is no statutory language regarding fees.


The person has no criminal record. R.I. Gen. Law § 12-10-12(c).

Waiting Periods

Expungement occurs one year after the case being placed on file.

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