RI Expungement Blog

Discussing current issues involving the expungement of Rhode Island criminal records while providing insight and assistance those seeking expungement.

Expunging Acquittals After Trial: A Little Know Exception

In 2015, the Rhode Island Legislature passed a little know amendment allowing individuals who have been acquitted of criminal charges by Judge or Jury after trial to expunge records related to those arrests regardless of their prior criminal history.  Contact Attorney Matthew Marin for more information at 401-228-2817.

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U.S. Federal Judge Says Its 'Time For A Change' in Expungement Law

Last week, Eastern District Judge Raymond Dearie lamented the fact that he could not erase the criminal record of a woman who successfully "turned her life around."  Arecent Article in the New York Law Journal details Judge Dearie's comments.  Judge Dearie went on to say that basic ideas of fairness provide that someone who makes a mistake deserves a second chance.

Unlike in Rhode Island, there are no Federal statues which provide for the expungement of an arrest record.  Most Federal Courts have declined to follow a 1977 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit which held that expungement was a power given to a judge's "equitable discretion" though the relief should be granted in "extreme circumstances."

While the Rhode Island expungement statutes are much more liberal and broad than the equitable powers of the Federal Judges, there are still highly frequent instances in which the Rhode Island expungement laws are extremely harsh and unfair.  Moreover, the Rhode Island Expungement statute provides our Judge's without any discretion to grant an expungement if it does not fit the precise terms of the expungement statute.  

Much can, and should, be done to alter the harsh and unfair nature of the Rhode Island Expungement statutory scheme.  First and foremost, Rhode Island Judge's should be granted the discretion to grant expungements even if they do not meet the technical requirements of the Expungement statute.

If you are one of the 65 million Americans living with a criminal conviction and dealing with the collateral consequences of that record, contact Attorney Matthew Marin today for a no obligation expungement consultation to see if we can help clear your record.  We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 or by email at mm@matthewtmarin.com.

Full Text of the New York Law Journal Article can be found here:


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Great Article Detailing "The Joy of a Clean Slate"

One of the pleasures of assisting Clients through difficult junctures is the light at the end of the tunnel.  Fortunately for our Client's, Rhode Island has relatively liberal expungement laws allowing those charged and in some cases convicted of criminal misdemeanors and felonies to have their criminal records sealed and expunged.

As was the case recently in Maryland, each year Rhode Island tweaks the expungement laws to allow individuals to expunge more records and, in some cases, to have them expunged in a faster period of time.  If you have a criminal case on your record, give us a call today so that we can provide you with a no obligation, free expungement consultation.  We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 or via email at mm@matthewtmarin.com.

Please find a link to the Baltimore Sun Article titled "The Joy of a Clean Slate" below:


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