Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer
Under Rhode Island law, an individual may have all records, reports, and evidence of their arrest and/or conviction destroyed or sealed. Not all records can be expunged, but a good criminal defense attorney will often expunge their client's record when allowed to by staute. An expungement is highly valuable as it could remove evidence of a past event that could have a major effect on a person's future. A past arrest or conviction can often prevent future employment, may be personally embarassing and could also have a profound effect on a criminal sentence if a person is subsequently arrested and has not had their record expundged.
Many times when a person is stopped by the police, the police will run that individual's record. An individual with a clean record is much more likely not to have the police inquire further of the person's situation.
Generally speaking, an expungement can take place immediately after a dismissal or violation, 1 year after a filing, 5 years after the completion of a sentence for a misdemeanor, and 10 years after completion of a sentence for a felony.
I have been helping people expunge their records for over 16 years. I have had clients with numerous arrests obtain a clean record. You need a criminal defense lawyer who knows the system and will fight vigorously to expunge your record. Not all records can be cleared, but many can. Call me now to determine what we can do to expunge your record today.