Rhode Island Expungement Lawyer

Kilroy Law Firm of Providence, Rhode Island


If you’ve got a criminal case or conviction on your record, you know it can affect your life negatively. In this highly competitive and tough job market, a clear criminal record can mean the difference between getting a job you deserve or settling for a job you can get. It can also affect your ability to receive a loan or live in a decent neighborhood. To change this, you will need a Rhode Island expungement lawyer who understands the process.

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Many people are under the impression that simply because a criminal case against them was dismissed, was never filed after their arrest, or they were acquitted at trial, that their criminal history is clean. Put simply, it’s not true. If you were arrested-or like in many situations, simply charged-your criminal record most likely still contains details about your case.

But there is an option. Expungement is a legal process in which criminal and court records are destroyed. This process prevents potential employers from publicly accessing those records. Once this takes place, an individual can legally deny or fail to acknowledge ever having been arrested or charged with any crime that has been expunged. Not every case or individual is eligible to have their case sealed or expunged. Contact our experience Rhode Island criminal expungement lawyer for more information.

Rhode Island Expungement Process

Rhode Island offers the ability to seal or expunge criminal records. A record can be sealed if the case was dismissed, there was no true bill, or there was no information. These records can be sealed unless you have been convicted of a felony. If you were found not guilty at trial, the case can be sealed even if you have a felony conviction against you. If you were wrongfully arrested, you may be able to have the arrest sealed even if you have previous convictions. If your case was filed, you will have to wait one year to file a motion to have it sealed or three years if the case is a domestic violence case.


Rhode Island allows individuals who have been convicted of a crime to have their record expunged. The eligibility requirements depend on how many cases the defendant has and whether he or she was convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. Expungement is possible through filing a Motion for Expungement. The prosecutor is given notice of the application for expungement and can contest it. In addition to showing that you meet the eligibility criteria, the judge must find that you are of good moral character and are rehabilitated. The judge has important discretion in making this determination.

First-time offenders convicted of a misdemeanor must usually wait five years after completing their sentence or probation. If you have been convicted of multiple misdemeanors, you must wait ten years after completing your last sentence. You cannot expunge convictions for domestic violence, driving under the influence, or refusal to submit to a chemical test unless you are a first-time offender.

Only first-time offenders can expunge felony convictions. Additionally, the crime cannot be one of violence and the defendant must wait ten years after completing his or her sentence before requesting expungement.

Massachusetts Expungement Process

Like in Rhode Island, there is a distinction between sealing a criminal record when a conviction did not occur and expunging a criminal record after a conviction. Sealing is available when a criminal case is dismissed, continued without a finding, or you were found not guilty.

Juvenile records may be expunged after three years from the date of the juvenile misdemeanor offense occurs or seven years after the date of a juvenile felony offense. You must meet certain eligibility criteria and the crime must be one that is capable of being expunged from the record. This excludes many violent crimes, sex offenses, and violations of restraining orders. Our highly knowledgeable Rhode Island expungement attorney can answer your question about the process.

For adult defendants, Massachusetts has strict expungement guidelines. Eligibility criteria must be met. For most felony charges, the defendant has to wait 10 years after completing their sentence. For sex crime convictions, the defendant must wait 15 years. If the defendant is required to register as a sex offender, he or she cannot petition for expungement while required to register. No offenses can be committed during these long waiting periods. Additionally, many crimes are excluded from expungement, including sexual assault or weapons-related crimes.

Contact an Experienced Rhode Island Expungement Attorney

The expungement process is one that can be extremely difficult. It is often in your best interest to have an experienced criminal defense attorney assist you in any application to seal or expunge your criminal record.

If you think you might be eligible, contact the Kilroy Law Firm. A former prosecutor, Mr. Kilroy has devoted his firm to the practice of law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Due to his experience, he knows what’s at stake for you and will work zealously to safeguard your rights and provide you with the best possible defense. By successfully removing these records from your criminal history, anyone-such as a possible employer-who inquires about your criminal history will be told that there is “no such record for that person present.”

To schedule a free consultation, contact our Rhode Island expungement lawyer online or call or text us at (401) 855-9023.

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