Overview Description

Records of arrest are destroyed within 60 days after detention without arrest, acquittal, dismissal, no true bill, no information, or other exoneration. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 12-1-12(a), (b).

Ineligible Category or Citation

Persons with any previous felony convictions are not eligible to have a record destroyed unless they were acquitted after trial. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12(a)(2).

Procedure General

The procedure is automatic. For the specific procedure, see R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12.


There is no statutory language regarding fees.


Any fingerprint, photograph, physical measurements, or other record of identification are destroyed. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12(a)(1).

Waiting Periods

The non-court record is to be destroyed within 60 days. The person must petition the court to seal the court records, see R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12.1.

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