The employment picture in Rhode Island is still among the worst in the Country and for every available job there are several qualified candidates. I have spoken with a lot of people lately who have inquired about expunging their criminal record to help them in their job search. Most employers today conduct a background check which includes obtaining your criminal record from the Attorney General’s office. Even if you are very qualified for a job, an employer is unlikely to hire you if your background shows a criminal record.
Fortunately, if you were arrested and/or convicted only once in your life, Rhode Island allows you the chance to expunge your record. All evidence of your arrest will be removed and you can agree to a background check with confidence that it will not hurt your job prospects.
In order to qualify for an expungement in Rhode Island:
- The crime must not have been an act of violence
- 5 years must pass after the disposition of a misdemeanor
- 10 years must pass after the disposition of a felony
- You must not have any other arrests on your record
If you meet these qualifications, there is a very good chance that your record can be expunged and permanently removed. It is a very quick and affordable process. Often a Motion to Expunge will only cost a few hundred dollars in legal fees and court costs. The benefit gained far outweighs the costs.
If you made a mistake in your youth, would like to have your arrest permanently removed from your record, and meet the qualifications listed above, contact my office right away for a free consultation.