§ 12-1.5-1 Policy
§ 12-1.5-1 v2 Policy
§ 12-1.5-2 Definitions
§ 12-1.5-3 Powers and duties of the department of health
§ 12-1.5-4 State DNA database
§ 12-1.5-5 State DNA databank
§ 12-1.5-6 Procedural compatibility with F.B.I
§ 12-1.5-7 Scope and applicability
§ 12-1.5-7 v2 Scope and applicability
§ 12-1.5-8 DNA sample required upon arrest or conviction for any crime of violence
§ 12-1.5-9 Procedures for withdrawal, collection and transmission of DNA samples
§ 12-1.5-10 Procedures for conduct, disposition and use of DNA analysis
§ 12-1.5-11 DNA database exchange
§ 12-1.5-12 Cancellation of authority to access or exchange DNA records
§ 12-1.5-13 Expungement
§ 12-1.5-14 Prohibition and disclosure
§ 12-1.5-15 Criminal penalties — Civil remedies
§ 12-1.5-16 Confidentiality of records
§ 12-1.5-17 Bailed and convicted persons — Refusal to give DNA sample
§ 12-1.5-18 Interpretation and severability

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 12-1.5

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.