In Rhode Island and many other states, the procedure for getting criminal charges cleared from your record is called Expungement. Under most circumstances, this process is easily completed by an attorney and involves a petition to the court asking that the record be expunged or sealed. An Order is then issued and the state removes all of the charges that were noted in the Order from the record.
However, if you received a deferred sentence prior to July 1, 2010 in Rhode Island you may have difficulty having your record expunged. Even though you were promised that you would be able to do so at the end of your deferred sentence, Rhode Island changed the law regarding deferred sentence expungements, effectively negating this process for many people in this category.
If you have tried unsuccessfully to have your record expunged, or if you believe that you may fall into this category of people who received deferred sentences prior to July 1, 2010, contact Criminal Defense Attorney John E. MacDonald at (401) 421-1440. Attorney MacDonald has secured a precedent in this matter that will allow you to vacate your plea via post-conviction relief and have your criminal records expunged. Call him now to discuss your options and determine if you are eligible for this service.
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