Like many other states Rhode Island arrest records are also made available to the public by the government of Rhode Island as public records. Government agencies of Rhode Island are responsible for providing free arrest records against the requests made. It is possible that a person making a request for accessing arrest records can be charged for a nominal amount of administration fee or there may exists a free facility too. Rhode Island law enforcement agency prepares arrest reports and these arrest reports are made public once they are issued. Details of the execution of the arrest warrant shall be entered by the clerk of court in the file and signed by the police officer who executed the warrant. Although arrest record is publicly available record in the state of Rhode Island, still employers cannot seek from any source the arrest record of a potential employee. On the other hand, if the arrest resulted in a conviction or if the applicant is out of jail but in the course of trial, that information can be used.
Rhode Island Arrest reports may include case number, the date charges were filed, offense charged with, statue and class of offense, disposition and sentencing date if applicable, physical characteristics of the subject, records of family members and assessment date if applicable. Additional information can be obtained, except for very confidential personal information such as financial and credit card data, passwords, and full account numbers
To get the Arrest records of Rhode Island
General public, legislative licensing as well as the employment entities may obtain the public version of the Rhode Island state criminal history including arrest record of a person upon special request and payment of the requisite nominal fee at the following locations:
Public safety grants administration office:
Public Information Division:
State House Room 38 Providence, RI 02903
Phone no: 401-222-2620
The county agencies, such as police departments, highway patrol’s, sheriff’s offices and other enforcement agencies all over the state of Rhode Island keep records of all the arrests they make. The agencies submit these records every month to the state repository to be compiled and maintained at state level. Moreover, all arrests records of Rhode Island are also reported to higher federal agencies namely the Federal Bar of Investigation and Justice Department. Most of the criminal arrest record searches in Rhode Island should be performed on the county level by contacting the clerk of court.
Clerk’s Office of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, are dedicated to providing quality and efficient service including the arrest records to the public, the Judges, the Bar and government agencies. One can contact the clerk through the following numbers:
Phone no: (401)752-7200
Fax no: (401)752-7247
Searching Online for Rhode Island Arrest records
Rhode Island arrest records are available online and few of the online links provide the searching facility for free while others ask for certain amount of fee. Online databases certify that the information can be obtained for lawfully acceptable purposes. It is against the law to get such information for making people stalked or harassed. People requesting information under false pretenses or use data obtained from this online database in contravention of the law may be subject to Rhode Island jurisdiction.