State of Rhode Island v. Doris Poulin – In 2013, Attorney Allison (Belknap) Abilheira successfully argued a landmark expungement case before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Client attempted to Seal a dismissed misdemeanor and was denied because of a prior nolo contendere plea to felony possession of a controlled substance. Attorney Abilheira argued that the prior felony should not bar the client from later Motions to Seal because it was not a conviction.

Outcome: Appeal granted and client’s case was later sealed.