A N A C T
RELATING TO INDICTMENTS, INFORMATIONS AND COMPLAINTS
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 12-12-22 of the General Laws in Chapter 12-12 entitled "Indictments, Informations and Complaints" is hereby amended to read as follows:
Arraignments -- Notices to aliens. - Arraignments and pleas -- Notices to aliens. -- (a) At the time of criminal arraignment in the district or superior court, each defendant shall be informed that if he or she is an alien in the United States, a plea of guilty or nolo contendere may affect his or her immigration status. Failure to so inform the defendant at the arraignment shall not invalidate any action subsequently taken by the court.
(b) Prior to accepting a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in the district or superior court, the court shall inform the defendant that if he or she is not a citizen of the United States, a plea of guilty or nolo contendere may have immigration consequences, including deportation, exclusion of admission to the United States, or denial of naturalization pursuant to the laws of the United States. Upon request, the court shall allow the defendant additional time to consider the appropriateness of the plea in light of this advisement.
(c) If the court fails to so inform the defendant as required by this section, and the defendant later shows that his plea and conviction may have immigration consequences, the defendant shall be entitled, upon a proper petition for post-conviction relief, to have said plea vacated. Absent a record that the court provided the advisement required by this section, the defendant shall be presumed not have received the advisement.
(d) The defendant shall not be required at the time of the plea to disclose to the court his or her legal status in the United States.
(e) In the first week of January, 2001 and each year thereafter, the Attorney General shall submit to the General Assembly a list of cases in which a disposition was vacated pursuant to this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage and shall expire on January 15, 2003.