THE BRIEN LAW GROUP CAN EXPUNGE YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD IN RHODE ISLAND TO KEEP YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS PRIVATE.
Your arrest record is available for anyone to see. Employers, friends, and family can access the information online at any time. If you apply for a job or try to rent an apartment, a potential employer or landlord will be able to see this information as well. Whether you were convicted of a crime or totally exonerated, all of the details surrounding your case are accessible.
In some cases, we are able to expunge or seal your records to protect them from public viewing. This would prevent anyone from being able to pull up embarrassing, personal information about you. Hiring an experienced Rhode Island Expungement Lawyer to help you will make the process much easier.
WHAT IS EXPUNGEMENT?
Expungement involves deleting your criminal history from your public record and from law enforcement agencies. It would also protect the personal information and details surrounding your legal case from being visible to anyone in the public. There are requirements that need to be met in order to be approved for expungement.
In the state of Rhode Island, expungement is only available for first-time offenders who were not convicted of a violent crime. If you were convicted of multiple criminal charges based on a single arrest, you are still considered a first offender. If you have multiple convictions from more than a single arrest, you are no longer considered a first offender.
Crimes that are excluded from being expunged include: murder, manslaughter, first degree arson, kidnapping with intent to export, robbery, larceny from a person, first or second degree sexual assault, first or second degree child molestation, assault with intent or murder, assault with intent to rob, assault with intent to commit first degree sexual assault, burglary, and others. If you have committed any of these crimes, know that they cannot be removed from your public record. Violent crimes are not eligible for expungement.
The Rhode Island Expungement Law gives you the right to expunge certain information from your record. You can erase the following: all court records, all records in the possession of any state or local police department, the bureau of criminal identification and the probation department, including, but not limited to, any fingerprints, photographs, physical measurements, or other records of identification.
EXPUNGEMENT VS. SEALING YOUR RECORDS
There is a difference between having your records expunged and having them sealed. A Motion to Expunge applies in cases where you have been convicted of a crime. A Motion to Seal applies in cases where you have been exonerated of a crime. In both cases, the general public will not be able to access the personal information and details surrounding your criminal case.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THE EXPUNGEMENT OR SEALING OF YOUR RECORDS?
Call for a free consultation and we will discuss your unique situation to see if you are eligible to have your records expunged or sealed. If you are, we can assist you in moving forward to have your criminal records completely wiped out from public records and the law enforcement agencies. If you're ready to take the next step and leave the past behind, call the Brien Law Group today.