Rhode Island's Expungement of Criminal Records Procedure June 5, 2017 “Expungement” is a legal procedure, which allows eligible and deserving individuals to have all records relating to their criminal charges removed from law enforcement departments and public records. The following sections will explore Rhode Island’s law regarding the expungement of criminal records, who is eligible [...]Continue reading

Rhode Island's Disorderly Conduct Statute and Penalties May 7, 2017 Like most states, Rhode Island’s disorderly conduct statute encompasses broad language, which allows law enforcement officials to arrest individuals for engaging in a variety of disruptive and/or offensive behaviors. Stated differently, disorderly conduct laws are often used as a catch-all charge for trivial offenses. In [...]Continue reading

RI Simple Assault and/or Battery Statute and Penalties March 7, 2017 Today, the terms “assault” and “battery” are often used interchangeably; however, these terms actually differ in meaning. An assault is either an attempted or threatened battery. By contrast, a battery is a completed assault and involves actual contact.  Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, [...]Continue reading

Rhode Island’s Probation Reformation & How This Could Affect You September 16, 2016 This past June, the Rhode Island Supreme Court approved changes to the court rules that govern probation sentences. Many in the defense and criminal-civil-rights communities believe this to be the first successful step to reform a “broken” probation and parole court system. [...]Continue reading