Can I Expunge Multiple Misdemeanor Criminal Convictions in Rhode Island?

Yes. In 2018 our legislature enacted extensive changes to Rhode Island's expungement laws. Prior to the changes, individuals were eligible to expunge a criminal conviction only if they were a "first time offender."

Individuals may now seek to expunge multiple misdemeanor convictions under R.I. Gen. Laws §12-1.3-2(b) if:

1. They have been convicted of more than one (1) but less than six (6) misdemeanors.

2. They have not been convicted of a felony.

3. They have waited ten (10) years since the completion of their last misdemeanor sentence.

4. During the ten (10) years since the completion of their last sentence, they have not been arrested nor convicted of any felony or misdemeanor.

5. They have no pending criminal cases.

6. They have exhibited good moral character.

It is important to note that under the newly amended expungement statutes, individuals attempting to expunge more than one misdemeanor case cannot expunge a crime of violence, a domestic violence charge, nor a driving under the influence (DUI) charge or a chemical test refusal charge.

Contact a Qualified Attorney

If you think you may qualify to expunge your criminal record, or if you would like to learn more about the process, contact the Law Office of Steven J. Hart. I have experience in a wide variety of cases and can provide the guidance you need to seek a favorable outcome to your case. Fill out a case evaluation form to begin discussing your situation with a Kent County criminal defense attorney.

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