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In April of 2013, Attorney Allison C. Abilheira, argued a landmark case before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, State v. Doris Poulin. Her victory was a victory for all of those in Rhode Island with a criminal record. The Poulin decision gave individuals the opportunity to seal a criminal case, even if they had previously pled nolo contendere to a felony and received probation as a sentence.
The Rhode Island expungement lawyers at Abilheira Law, LLC have helped shape sealing and expungement law in Rhode Island and can help you erase your criminal record. If you would like to find out more, please reach out to our firm!
If you have a criminal record, there are two possible avenues to remove charges and/or convictions: Motion to Seal and Motion to Expunge. While the end result of both Motions to Seal and Motions to Expunge are the same, they are actually two different legal processes with unique eligibility requirements and policies behind them.
Our team of Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys can walk you through your rights, your viable options, and help you pursue the best legal path for your particular situation. When you come to our firm, you can be confident knowing we take the time to provide you with the support and personal attention you deserve.
Motion to Seal
A Motion to Seal removes a criminal charge from your record and is appropriate in situations where:
- You have been exonerated of a crime. This includes dismissals, acquittals, and no true bill; and
- You do not have any felony convictions on your record.
Motion to Expunge
A motion to expunge removes a criminal conviction off your record and is appropriate where:
- You are a first time offender
- You have not been convicted of a crime of violence
- You have waited 5 years (misdemeanor) or 10 years from the completion of the sentence (felony).
Recognizing that criminal records can impact employment opportunities, higher education, government assistance, and housing, motions to seal and expunge were created by the Rhode Island Legislature as a way to give those with criminal records a second chance. Let our legal team help you get your second chance!
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The skilled Rhode Island expungement attorneys at Abilheira Law, LLC, can help you achieve your second chance. If you believe you may fit into either of these categories, call our firm today and we can evaluate your specific case. If you are eligible for sealing or expungement, we can begin by filing a motion on your behalf and appearing in court to argue your case. With your criminal history sealed or expunged, you can start a new chapter in your life without the burden of a criminal record.
Now is the time to restore your reputation. Fill out a free evaluation to tell us about your case.