Mistakes happen. Expunging your record can be a fresh start.
If you have been arrested, that will be on your public record, which is easily available for all the world to see. Your employer or future employer, landlords, banks, family and neighbors can read about all the details of your case, even if you were not convicted. There are many fee-based services where, for a few dollars, your entire public record can be made available. It is also possible to access the Rhode Island criminal records database and the Massachusetts criminal record database at no charge.
The good news is, certain criminal charges and convictions may be eligible for expungement, essentially sealing your criminal record from public view. Sheeley Law has extensive experience with expungement cases and is prepared to help you get a clean start in life.
Do you qualify for expungement?
Rhode Island is considered to be fairly lenient with regards to expungement. Depending on the nature of your arrest and any associated criminal charges, expungement, if granted by the court, will remove any mention of the criminal matter from all court records, police department records, probation department records and the bureau of criminal identification.
If you were exonerated or your case was dismissed, you should file a motion to have your records sealed or expunged. If your case resulted in a dismissal or "no information" or "no true bill," or if you were found not guilty, it does not mean the record has been sealed automatically. Both expungement and sealing are only available to you if you do not have a prior felony conviction.
Rhode Island law has procedures for individuals to expunge their records, and this can include certain felony convictions. The legal process can be intricate and tricky, and it is easy to miss important steps and become confused. Pursuant to RI law, there cannot be an expungement without a motion and a hearing on the merits.
At no cost, you can contact Sheeley Law to see if you qualify. Experienced expungement attorney Ann Sheeley will explain whether your record may be eligible for expungement and can help guide you through this process every step of the way.