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On February 7th, 2013, the General Assembly of Rhode Island introduced House Bill 5328 that would allow the expungement of up to five misdemeanor convictions. Currently, Rhode Island allows the expungement of a single nonviolent felony or misdemeanor crime for a first-time offender. If an individual has their case expunged, he or she may legally state they have never been convicted.

The new Bill would permit the expungement of multiple misdemeanor charges; however, the bill does come with limitations. An individual is not eligible for expungement until ten years have passed from the date of their last conviction. The bill would not allow for the expungement of drunk driving or domestic violence charges.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Representative Joseph Almeida and supported by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. House Bill 5328 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.

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