2015 Rhode Island General Laws
Title 12 - Criminal Procedure
Chapter 12-19 - Sentence and Execution
Section 12-19-19 - Sentencing on plea of guilty or nolo contendere – Deferment of sentence.

RI Gen L § 12-19-19 (2015) What's This?

§ 12-19-19 Sentencing on plea of guilty or nolo contendere – Deferment of sentence. – (a) Whenever any person is arraigned before the superior court and pleads guilty or nolo contendere, he or she may be at any time sentenced by the court; provided, that if at any time the court formally defers sentencing then the person and the attorney general shall enter into a written deferral agreement to be filed with the clerk of the court. When a court formally defers sentence, the court may only impose sentence within five (5) years from and after the date of the written deferral agreement, unless during the five (5) year period, the person shall be declared to have violated the terms and conditions of the deferment pursuant to subsection (b) of this section in which event the court may impose sentence.

(b) It shall be an express condition of any deferment of sentence in accordance with this section that the person agreeing to said deferment of sentence shall at all times during the period of deferment keep the peace and be of good behavior. A violation of this express condition or any other condition set forth by either the court or the written deferral agreement shall violate the terms and conditions of the deferment of sentence and the court may impose sentence. The determination of whether a violation has occurred shall be made by the court in accordance with procedures relating to violation of probation §§ 12-19-2 and 12-19-14.

(c) If a person, after the completion of the five (5) year deferment period is determined by the court to have complied with all of the terms and conditions of the written deferral agreement, then the person shall be exonerated of the charges for which sentence was deferred and records relating to the criminal complaint, information or indictment shall be sealed pursuant to the provision of § 12-1-12. Further, if any record of the criminal complaint, information or indictment has been entered into a docket or alphabetical index, whether in writing or electronic information storage or other data compilation system, all references to the identity of the person charged by the complaint shall be sealed.

History of Section.
(C.P.A. 1905, § 21; G.L. 1909, ch. 273, § 18; G.L. 1923, ch. 323, § 18; P.L. 1927, ch. 1063, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 496, § 18; P.L. 1945, ch. 1560, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 12-19-19; P.L. 2010, ch. 128, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 256, § 1.)

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