Rhode Island Criminal Records
What are Criminal Records?
Criminal records are official documents maintained by the state government agencies such as the state police, local law enforcement like the Sheriff’s office, the criminal justice departments like the courts and the Department of Corrections.
Are Criminal Records Open to the Public?
Criminal records are public records under the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA) and all information on the arrest, conviction, trial, sentencing, incarceration, parole and probation and other sentences for supervision are accessible on request to the public. Interested persons may visit the website of a trial court to access information on a particular case.
Information on most adult criminal cases may be accessible on the public portal database maintained by the Rhode Island judiciary. A search can be initiated by clicking on the ‘‘smart search’’ box and typing the name of the party of interest in the box provided.
What are Arrest Records?
Arrest records are information generated and maintained by law enforcement agencies on persons legally taken into their custody on allegation or suspicion of a crime, pending their arraignment, arrangement for bail, or their release by law enforcement.
What's included in an Arrest Warrant?
Arrest records form part of the information that may be considered when searching through a person’s criminal records and may contain
- Full name of the arrestee
- Date of birth
- Arrestee’s home address (this would be held confidential if revealing it would mean compromising the privacy of a victim)
- Criminal charges
- Date of arrest
- Time of arrest
- Arresting officer’s name (undercover officers will not be named)
What are Arrest Warrants?
An arrest warrant is an official court order authorizing law enforcement officers to take a person into custody. Arrest warrants are issued on the grounds that law enforcement has persuaded a judge that they have reasons to believe and substantial evidence that the person named on the arrest warrant has committed and offense or is connected to a crime being committed o. A bench warrant is a type of arrest warrant, authorizing law enforcement agents to take a person who has skipped a court appearance date, before the court.
What are Misdemeanors in Rhode Island?
A misdemeanor is an offense that may be punishable by a fine of up to $1000, community service, mandatory education and a term of incarceration not exceeding 1 year. Misdemeanors are classified as either Petty misdemeanors or misdemeanors in Rhode Island. Petty misdemeanor convictions typically result in less severe punishments compared to those applicable to a misdemeanor conviction. Offenses such as
- Disorderly orderly conduct
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Public indecency
What is a Felony in Rhode Island?
Felonies are very serious offenses in Rhode Island. Penalties for felonies are usually severe with the longest possible term of imprisonment usually not less than 1 year. Sentences may also include stiff conditions and fines. Examples of felonies include
What is Rhode Island Sex Offender Listing?
Sexual offender listings provide information to the community on persons who have been convicted of level 2 or level 3 criminal sexual conduct. Level 1 sex offenders are considered low risk and information on level 1 offenders are usually not available online.
The law requires law enforcement agencies to collect information on sex offenders in the communities and notify the public of their release from prison, only for the purpose of promoting public safety. Law enforcement is obligated to notify members of a community that a sex offender has been released or is about to be released to reside within their neighborhood. The information available of registered sex offenders may include
- Name of offender
- Physical description such as height, hair color, height, eye color
- Area of residence
- Criminal sexual conduct conviction
- Probation status
What are Serious Traffic Violations in Rhode Island?
Traffic violations occur when a person contravenes the provisions of any Rhode Island Traffic laws and other laws which create vehicular crimes. The laws are separated into different sections that establish specific traffic offenses and provide appropriate sentences for convictions. Traffic offenses can be very serious with a penalty of up to 10 years for motor vehicle offenses such as driving so as to endanger, resulting in death. Other traffic violations such as the operation of motor vehicles without evidence of registration may result in suspension, revocation or cancellation license. Rhode Island does not maintain a point system but fines may be assessed for certain traffic offenses and driver’s records are considered when classifying a person as a habitual offender. A habitual offender is a person who has been convicted of 3 or more serious traffic offenses within a period of 3 years and ma be liable to a license suspension of up to 5 years or less depending on the peculiarities of the case against them.
What are Rhode Island Conviction Records?
A conviction record forms a major part of a person’s criminal records and serves as evidence that a person has not been successful through legal trial proceedings. Conviction records originate from the court’s final judgment or pronouncements on a criminal case before them. It usually means the prosecution has been able to prove their case against the offender beyond a reasonable doubt with the damning evidence presented against them, the offender themselves have entered a guilty plea or entered a no contest to charges plea. A conviction is usually followed by a court sentence which may include incarceration, payment of fines, probation, or community service or such other punishments the law permits the court to deal out to the offender.
What are Inmates and Jail Records?
Jail and inmate records contain information on persons that have been sentenced by a court for a criminal offense and held in the custody of a corrections facility in Rhode Island. It may also contain information on persons who were in jail but have been granted probation or discharged, after completing their term of incarceration or confinement in local jails.
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections maintains an online database of inmate or offender records online, held as publicly accessible information on inmates who were or are in correctional facilities and institutions under their administration.
What are Rhode Island Parole records?
Parole records are information that may be obtained on persons who have been granted conditional release from a Rhode Island Corrections facility or institution by the Rhode Island Parole Board. An inmate may be determined eligible for parole if they were serving a single incarceration term longer than 6 months and have served up to 1/3 of their sentence, that is not a life sentence and they have not been classified as habitual offenders. The terms and conditions of parole are very strict to ensure public safety and deter parolees from returning to the community unreformed and likely return on committing the same or other criminal offenses.
>Before parole is granted, the Board holds a parole hearing where it considers the input of the victims of the inmate’s criminal actions in determining whether or not to grant parole. Victims are usually notified or provided with information on the possible conditional release of the inmate.
Other considerations by the Board may include the gravity of the offense for which the inmate was convicted, behavior change, risk assessment, and so on, the decision of the Board is usually available on the RI open meetings page
Although Parolees successfully obtain a release back into the community, they remain under the supervision of the Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole and may be required to wear an electronic device that confirms their whereabouts a period post-release, and their parole may be revoked if they are found to have violated the terms and conditions of their parole or committed another criminal offense, a warrant may be issued for their arrest and their parole may subsequently be revoked.
What are Rhode Island Probation Records?
Probation records typically contain information on the decision of a court on the appropriate sentence for a criminal conviction. The court may grant a person who has committed an offense which could result in possible time in confinement, the opportunity to serve a term under the monitoring and supervision of the Department of Corrections, while they remain within the community. Probation may be the only order of the court for a criminal conviction or may be part of a sentence imposed on the offender, such as probation and a suspended prison sentence or a split sentence of part incarceration and probation under the supervision of the DOC upon release.
A probationer is subject to certain conditions, rules, and regulations which includes a limited expression of their civil liberty and a violation of the conditions may result in their return to court for additional sentences including incarceration. Probation records unless expunged continue to appear on the offender’s criminal and convictions records.
What are Rhode Island Juvenile Criminal Records?
A juvenile criminal record includes the paper and electronic information created from the point of a juvenile’s arrest, their appearance before the court, and the decision of the court on the rehabilitation of the minor. A person is considered a minor under RI criminal laws if they are below the age of 18. Rhode Island juvenile records are held strictly confidential and may only be seen by the court. Once the minor has completed probation or any other sentence ordered by the court as a penalty for a finding of guilt. Records are also automatically sealed once the case against the juvenile is completely disposed of with no successful case or declaration of guilt against the juvenile.
The State of Rhode Island does not maintain any arrest, probation convictions or criminal record for adjudicated juveniles, provided they were adjudicated for a crime as juveniles and not tried as an adult for a serious offense such as murder. Minors whose criminal cases were transferred to an adult court receive penalties and adult and criminal records maintained on them are made accessible to the public unless expunged or sealed.