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Expungement of Marijuana Crimes After Legalization in Rhode Island

In May 2022, Rhode Island lawmakers voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Rhode Island. Given the change in the legal status of marijuana, many are left wondering what this means for previous marijuana crimes still appearing on their criminal records.  The experienced Rhode Island expungement lawyers at Abilheira Law are here to help navigate the new...

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Rhode Island Senate Makes Changes to Expungement Law

In March 2021, several state legislators introduced a bill regarding Rhode Island’s expungement laws and now after passing the Senate, it is off to the House for a vote.  Read today’s blog to find out what changes are proposed and what it would mean for Rhode Island citizens with a criminal record! What does the proposed law change? Currently,...

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Rhode Island Legislatures Propose Expungement of Past Marijuana Convictions

Although Rhode Island decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses in 2013, many people are still denied jobs and other opportunities based on their marijuana-related record as it currently stands. Senator Harold Metts previously stated, “[i]f an act has been decriminalized since a person was charged and paid their price for it, that person shouldn’t have to keep paying the price...

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Extends Motions to Seal to Civil Violations

In Rhode Island, individuals may be charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, a civil violation or an ordinance violation.  It has long been established that those individuals charged with a misdemeanor or felony may be eligible for a motion to seal/motion to expunge if they meet certain criteria.  However, Rhode Island judges have varied in their stance on sealing/expunging...

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Rhode Island Lawmakers to Consider Expanding Felony Expungement Criteria

In 2017, Abilheira Law informed readers of a new law which allowed individuals to expunge up to five (5) misdemeanor convictions. Now, this legislative session, lawmakers have proposed new legislation that would expand this law to allow the expungement of multiple felony convictions. Currently, under Rhode Island law, individuals are only eligible to expunge one felony if: They are...

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Rhode Island Passes New Law Allowing Decriminalized Offenses to Be Expunged

On July 2, 2018, a new expungement bill became law in Rhode Island, allowing individuals to expunge a criminal conviction if the offense is subsequently decriminalized. House Bill 8355 and its Senate counterpart, Bill 2447, created a new category for expungement under Rhode Island General Laws §12-1.3-2. The new subsection (g) states as follows: Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) through (f)...

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Expunging a DUI in Rhode Island

In today’s blog, the Rhode Island DUI expungement lawyers at Abilheira Law answer frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding expunging a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in Rhode Island. What is the Difference Between Sealing and Expunging a DUI Record? Sealing and expungement accomplish the same goal: removing a DUI charge from your criminal record. However, whether a Motion...

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Rhode Island Will Now Allow Expungement of Multiple Misdemeanors

Up To Five Misdemeanor Convictions Can Now Be Expunged In RI Earlier this year, Abilheira Law informed readers that new legislation was proposed in the General Assembly that would allow individuals to expunge up to five (5) misdemeanor convictions.  On July 18, 2017, the Governor signed into law House Bill 5205 Sub. A. This new law still allows first...

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New Hope For Those With Criminal Records in Rhode Island

This year, individuals with criminal records in Rhode Island may finally get the opportunity to clear their record. Several new laws have been proposed in the House of Representatives and Senate, which would allow criminal defendants to expunge their records, even if they were previously ineligible for expungement. Currently, under Rhode Island law, individuals can only expunge a criminal...

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RI Lawmakers Consider Allowing Expungement of up to Five Misdemeanors

On May 18, 2016, the Rhode Island House of Representatives will consider a new bill proposed by the Rhode Island Attorney General that would open the door for even more individuals to expunge their criminal records. Currently, Rhode Island expungement laws allow only first time offenders to expunge one misdemeanor or felony from their criminal record. Under this proposed...

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