Rhode Island Rhode Island

Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview

Rhode Island highly restricts who can look at juvenile records, and the state has no juvenile record clearance laws.

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Records relating to a first misdemeanor conviction can be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 12-1.3-2, 12-1.3-3(b)(1)(i).

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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.

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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.

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Records relating to a conviction for an offense that has been decriminalized can be expunged immediately. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1.3-2(g).

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Records relating to a crime involving domestic violence that was placed on file will be expunged by the court three years after the date of filing. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 12-1-12(c), 12-1-12.1(e).

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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).

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Records relating to a case subject to deferred sentencing can be expunged by the court upon the completion of the five year deferral period. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 12-1.3-2, 12-19-19.

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Records relating to a wrongful arrest or an arrest resulting from mistaken identity for which no charges were filed will be sealed and destroyed by the law enforcement agency within 60 days of the determination that the arrest was wrongful or without probable cause. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12.2(b).

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Records relating to a case resulting from wrongful arrest or mistaken identity can be sealed by the court. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12.1(a).

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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).

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Records relating to a case resulting in an acquittal or otherwise exoneration of the petitioner on all counts, including a dismissal or filing of a no true bill or no information, can be sealed by the court. R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-1-12.1(a).

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