Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 5
Search Warrants

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-5-8

§ 12-5-8. Hearing upon seizure of matter alleged to be obscene.

Whenever any deputy sheriff, municipal or state police officer, or any other person authorized by law to execute a search warrant shall seize any property alleged to be obscene, pursuant to a search warrant issued under the provisions of this chapter, the person in whose possession it is found or who claims a proprietary interest in it shall be entitled to a hearing before the superior court on the question of whether or not the property is obscene within three (3) days of the time a written demand is submitted to a judge of the superior court and notice served upon the attorney general, or in the case of towns and cities the chief legal officer of the town or city, and if a hearing is held, the court shall render a decision on the question within forty-eight (48) hours of the conclusion of the hearing. If by the decision the court determines that the matter is not obscene, it shall be immediately returned to the person.

History of Section.
P.L. 1966, ch. 258, § 1; P.L. 1982, ch. 244, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 324, § 42.