Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 13
Bail and Recognizance

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-13-16

§ 12-13-16. Process on default of recognizance.

(a) Whenever any person under recognizance shall fail to perform the condition of his or her recognizance, or failed to appear as required by the terms and conditions of his or her bail or recognizance, the default shall be recorded and process shall be issued against the persons bound in the recognizance, or those of them as the attorney general shall direct.

(b) No process for forfeiture of bail nor any petition for forfeiture of bail may be filed by the attorney general, or designee, or otherwise initiated prior to the expiration of forty-five (45) days after any warrant issued by any court has been entered into the court’s database, the database of the bureau of criminal identification (BCI) for the state of Rhode Island, and the database for the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

History of Section.
G.L. 1896, ch. 285, § 25; G.L. 1909, ch. 354, § 25; G.L. 1909, ch. 354, § 23; P.L. 1915, ch. 1261, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 407, § 23; G.L. 1938, ch. 625, § 23; G.L. 1956, § 12-13-16; P.L. 2017, ch. 415, § 1.