What Does A Background Check Check

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

What does a background check do?

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A background check is designed to reveal information about an individual. The actual information searched for will depend to a large extent on the purpose for the check. If you are an employer recruiting people to work with children then you are going to place a very high importance on a comprehensive and accurate investigation into the persons past and present life. On the other hand, if you are simply checking out your neighbor to make sure that you can feel safe in your home then you may not need such a detailed and expensive report.

How accurate is a background check?

The amount of checking that you want to do into someone’s personal life and how complete and accurate you want the results to be all determine how much you have to pay for the investigation and how long you have to wait for the results. A full background check for employment purposes may run into hundreds of dollars but a near-instant national search of a public records database may only cost you a few bucks.

The real question is not so much “What does a background check check?” but rather what could it check and what might it reveal? Depending on how the background searches are performed the results might contain some or all of the following:

  • Criminal records
  • Arrest records
  • Arrest Warrants
  • Sex offender register
  • Homeland security
  • Educational checks references
  • Employment checks references
  • Credit checks
  • Drug screening
  • Past and present addresses
  • Relatives
  • Neighbors

If the background check is performed for employment purposes then it is likely that it will be done after a job offer has been made and could take several months to complete depending on how thorough the checks are and how uch follow up the investigators have to do.

You can do your own background checks

Most comprehensive background checks will involve some searching of national databases which are made up of publicly available records. Anyone can search these databases, including you, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Are public records databases ok for background searches?

Public records web sites can do a great job of finding background information for you. The problem with national databases however is that they can never be fully up to date and some information held in them may not be completely accurate. You have to be a little bit careful in how you use them. The professional investigators still use this method as part of their comprehensive search because it is cheap and quick. Any hits that they obtain from the database would be followed up to verify it’s accuracy. If the public records search indicates a criminal record out of state then the appropriate county court records will be examined to verify the record and possibly obtain more information. This part of the investigation can cost a lot of money and take a long time to complete.

Verifying background checks for your date

If you have used a public records database to check out your date and it has revealed a criminal record, would you go to the trouble and expense of verifying the information at the county records office? It might make more sense to simply ask your date about it and walk away if you don’t get a satisfactory answer. Alternatively, if you don’t want to confront him with it then simply walk away now.

Doing a background check using a public records web site could give you more information than you could ever imagine about your friends, neighbors and dates. Why not try doing a background search using an investigation web site like Inteligator. Start getting to really know the people around you.

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Author: Steve Gee

Arrest Warrant Checks – Why Are Our Juries Being Used As A Substitute For Evidence?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

How do I get convicted for something I haven’t done

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Recent technology advances in the field of forensic science have brought about a rash of convictions based on detecting suspects involved cases that have been cold for years. Most notable of these advances are in the field of DNA profiling where your DNA can be matched to that found at scenes of crimes that were committed decades ago. This, together with the alarming passion with which police officers now collect peoples DNA for entry into national computer systems, has resulted in many recent cold cases of murder and rape being tried before a judge and convictions obtained.

If you get arrested in the UK and in many parts of the USA too, then you will almost certainly have to submit to your DNA being taken and entered onto the database. You don’t have to be charged with anything for this to happen and it doesn’t matter what you were arrested for either. Once your DNA profile is on the database it will be searched for matches and if one turns up then you are in a lot of trouble whether you committed a crime or not. Remember that the police only need “probable cause” to lawfully arrest you and that can mean that they don’t have much more than suspicion.

Throw the rapists and murderers into prison

I would like to think that all of the convictions obtained in this way have been sound and we can all sit back and look on this as a job well done with more criminals behind bars. There is one recent case however, involving a friend of mine, that has given me cause to doubt this. It has in fact terrified me because it demonstrates just how easy it is for any one of us to get convicted and sent to prison for something that you did not do.

I’m sure that there are now many more bad people in prison as a result of these new technologies. You often hear of cases where the defendant had a string of prior offenses similar to the one they are currently accused of or where eye witnesses remember the person. There are also cases where factual evidence and motive lead you to believe that the guilty verdict is the right one.

But what if there is no evidence?

What if the only evidence in say a rape case, is a DNA match? At best, a DNA match proves that sex took place within 72 hours of the sample being taken. What if the defendant has no prior convictions for any offence and convincingly argues that he has no memory of committing an offence?

What if the police have already destroyed all the other evidence, including the alleged victim’s clothing and hair from bushes. Destroyed to save space in the evidence store would you believe?

What if the defendant has never been identified as the attacker by anyone and all the prosecution witnesses contradict the alleged victim on most of her account of the event? The alleged victim was an alcoholic and a drug addict. Not the most reliable of witnesses.

What would you do if you were the prosecution?

If you were responsible for the prosecution case in this instance what would you do? Would you accept that there is no evidence to suggest that the defendant is guilty of any crime? Indeed there was no real evidence that a crime was committed at all by anyone so would you drop the case or would you take it to court and expect an unqualified jury to decide? Decide on what You might ask. If there is no evidence then what is the jury supposed to do?

This could happen to you

This story might seem absurd and unbelievable to you as it did to me but this is exactly what happened to a friend of mine. The same thing could happen to you or I just as easily. He has no memory of the event which happened 16 years earlier and is quite sure that he would have remembered committing such a crime.

All 12 jurors in this case decided that he was guilty of the crime beyond all reasonable doubt. How can that happen when there is no evidence? Perhaps they assumed that if there was absolutely no proof whatsoever and the police still believe that he did it then they must know something that the jury could not be told for some legal reason. Just a theory, what do you think?

How do I avoid giving up my DNA?

My friend was forced to give up his DNA when he was arrested for a misdemeanor where no charges were brought. Regularly checking for arrest warrants is one way that you can reduce your chances of getting arrested and having your DNA sampled. You can do this inexpensively using a public records web site. If you have an outstanding arrest warrant and you give yourself in voluntarily then you are much less likely to be arrested and find yourself on the DNA register.

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Author: Steve Gee

Criminal Records: Just How Just Is Our Justice System?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The truth is out there if anyone would bother to look for it

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Have you ever thought about what goes on in the justice system? Do you assume that all the bad guys get caught and all the innocent people have nothing to fear? Isn’t that what the police and the justice system do? search out the truth and never convict an innocent person?

Most of us think that way. I know that I did until I saw the reality of the situation when a friend of mine was convicted for a serious offence and sent to prison for 6 years. I don’t believe that he committed the crime and there wasn’t a shred of evidence to prove that he did it and yet, they saw fit to convict him.

Are the police more interested in the conviction that they are in the truth?

We all believed that the police and legal teams would work together to uncover the truth and that the defendant would be cleared of the charges against him.

Did this happen? No it did not. The police had no other suspects so they stopped looking for evidence that could have cleared his name. He had no alibi and no way of proving his innocence. The trial went ahead with no clear evidence that he was guilty or innocent.

You would have thought that with no clear evidence of guilt that the jury would return a not guilty verdict on the grounds that there was reasonable doubt. But no, they did exactly the opposite and they did it unanimously.

The jury does not always make the right decision

I believe that even the prosecution team was surprised at this verdict. They had made a complete mess of the evidence all along. Making up scenarios that suggested guilt but were complete fiction.

This innocent man is now doing a long custodial sentence and his name will be tarnished forever. He has been condemned to a lifetime of low paid jobs and public disgrace.

There needs to be a change in the justice system. We will never be able to call ourselves a civilized society until our justice system becomes more interested in finding the ruth than it is about due process and makeing someone pay even if it is the wrong person. Lets not forget also that the real guilty person is still out there, potentially committing crimes. No one is looking for the real criminal.

There are more innocent people in prison than you might think

Since this case came to court I have learned that convicting innocent people has become, or still is, far more common than you could ever imagine. You don’t have to go far to fnd accounts of many alleged crimes where the evidence just does not make sense to convict someone and yet they were.

It seems that the police will go to great lengths to secure evidence that will point to a conviction at the expense of evidence to the contrary.

The jury have an impossible job

In court, the prosecution’s job is to get that conviction, not to find the truth. The jury have an impossible job of making sense of biased and unreliable evidence with no training or expertise to help them do the job. Is it any wonder that they vote with their emotions rather than fact. They are more likely to convict someone because they don’t like them than they are to examine the factual evidence objectively.

You might want to think about this the next time you look up someone’s criminal record or arrest record. Not everyone that is arrested or even convicted, are guilty.

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Warrant For Arrest Search | How To Search For Warrants

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Who wants to do a warrant for arrest search?

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The world would most likely be a better place to live in if you took advantage of the inexpensive tools you have available to you for finding arrest warrants, criminal records and other background information about people. If we all knew who the criminals are then there might be less crime and fewer criminals.

If you are dating someone or you are about to offer them a job of some sort then you might want to know about any arrest warrants that they might have.

If you are about to give someone access to your home to do some work or just on a social invitation then it might be a good idea to find out if they have a criminal record first.

If you are about to entrust the care of your children to someone then you should try to find out everything that you can about the person before you leave your kids with them. You can do a much more comprehensive background check on them than you can by just looking them up in the sex offender register too

Look up your own warrant for arrest

Don’t forget to check yourself out regularly for arrest warrants too. You never know when you might pick one up and it could be for something that you know nothing about. Getting yourself a lawyer, handing yourself in and dealing with a warrant as quickly as possible is always better than getting arrested by surprise and thrown behind bars.

Warrant for arrest search on friends and neighbors

Do you know who your friends are? I mean, how well do you know them really? You probably only know what they have told you about themselves. Why would they tell you about their criminal records and arrest warrants? They might be wanted by the police right now.

Arrest warrants are not convictions

When you are doing a warrant for arrest search on someone you should bear in mind that lots of innocent people get warrants and it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have done anything wrong.

Arrest warrants don’t always lead to convictions but they do stay on the record for you to find. If you do find that someone has an arrest record then you should try to find out more about them before you make your judgement.

You can find out more about a person by checking their criminal history, bankruptcy records, their address and general background information. You want to know if they are really who they say that they are don’t you?

You might be interested in their credit rating too if there could be money involved in your association with the person.

Warrant for arrest search online

Most law enforcement departments now publish active arrest warrants and arrest records online which makes it very easy for you to check someone out if you know which area they might have warrants in.

If you want to do a wider search then you can use an inexpensive public records online database. Arrest records are public records and they are collected by public records web sites to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.

Check out this review of a respected public records provider Access Free Public Records

Web sites like this collect all sorts of public records, not just warrants, You can search criminal records, court records, bankruptcies, addresses, neighbors and all kind of things.

There is no reason why you should not do a warrant for arrest search or a background check on everyone you know because it is so quick, easy and cheap to do.

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Author: Steve Gee

Arrest Records Public Records | How To Find Warrants

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Arrest records are public records – Use them wisely

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Yes you can access arrest records and you should take advantage of this fact if you ever have any dealing with anyone at all. This means pretty much every one of us of course. You can never be too careful about the people that you work with, go on dates with, work for you or even people that you meet casually. Any one of them might have a criminal record or an arrest warrant.

If you are hiring someone to work for you then this is definitely a time when you should be checking arrest records. You have a duty not only to yourself, but to your organization too. If you are about to get personally involved with someone then you owe it to yourself to check out this person’s background. You could save yourself a whole lot of trouble by finding out the truth up front.

An arrest record does not mean that someone is a criminal

Just because someone has an arrest record, it doesn’t mean that they are bad people. You must remember that perfectly innocent people get arrest warrants and arrested all the time. You don’t usually have much control over whether you get an arrest warrant or not so you must be careful not to jump to false conclusions.

On the other hand, everyone that has ever been convicted of a crime was arrested first. So the fact that someone has been arrested should give you sufficient cause to investigate further. It may have been nothing more than a mistake but it could easily be something more.

Searching for arrest records nationally

In theory you can do a nationwide search for arrest records by making requests in every court in the country. Unfortunately this is practically impossible due to the huge numbers of courts that you would have to apply to. So how can you look up someone’s arrest records?

If you can’t reasonably check every court in the land then what should you do? Well you have to take reasonable care when you do your searches and try as hard as you reasonably can to find the records.

The first thing that you can do is to check out arrest records in a public records database. This type of database can be found online and will offer you their accumulated arrest record data. Information that has been collected over many years from publicly available sources both online and offline. You can use a web site like this to do a nationwide warrant or record search. It may not be quite as up to date as the actual courts records will be but it does give you the ability to to check many areas at once very quickly.

Depending on what you find on the public records site you may want to do a more targeted search using the courts themselves. To do this you must find out all the places where the person has lived and worked over the past 7 years. Then you can apply in just those courts close to where the person spent most of their time.

It will never be possible to say with 100% confidence that someone does not have an arrest record but if you follow these guidelines you can be satisfied that you have taken all reasonable precautions.

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How Do I Check For Active Arrest Warrants?
Ways to check to see if someone has an arrest warrant.

Author: Steve Gee

Find Arrest Records Public and Free for Peace of Mind

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

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You’ve just met someone new, or you’ve just found out that your son or daughter is going to get married to someone who you don’t know very well. Perhaps you want to hire a sitter for your children, or you have a new tenant for a property that you own. These people all seem wonderful, but you can never know for sure what lies under the surface. It’s time for you to check out arrest records public and free information that is available to you.

Knowing if this new person in your life is doing well is important. Sad as it might be, there are those who may not have such a great past and that might make a big difference to you. You might think that it’s not possible to get background information on others. It’s not, and it’s not difficult either. You can find out about almost anyone’s arrest records – and they can search and find out if you have an arrest record, too – for free. Click here to check warrants for arrest

An arrest record is generally public unless the court has sealed the record. This is not very common. In most cases, if someone has been arrested for something, whether it’s a serious offense or not, the record of that arrest is open for you and anyone else to view.

If you know where to look for free public arrest records, they can turn out to be a huge help when you’re trying to make important personal and business decisions. Arrest records public and free can come from many different sources.

Your local police department can provide you with arrest records, and so can your county and state police organizations, as well as other law enforcement agencies. Each law enforcement agency will have a different way for you to get arrest records, but because these records are public, you do have access to them.

Another good place to look for free public arrest records is by using services that specialize in providing this kind of information to you. You can access arrest records, court records, employment and property ownership records, and many other types of information.

A company that specializes in searching for and providing you with this kind of information will use computer and Internet technology to search huge databases that can contain information on virtually anyone you want to know about. You only need to provide a little basic information and search can begin.
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Because the planet is becoming more connected every day, people are far more mobile than they used to be and virtually all of the information about arrest records, court records and more is at our fingertips on the internet, there is no reason that you should put off looking for the arrest records public and free on anyone that you need to know more about.

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Access Free Public Records And Check Someones Criminal Background Before Loaning Money

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Know someone better using free public records

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Relationships can be so difficult can’t they? Most of the time when you meet someone you will both be genuine and open with each other and you should have no reason to suspect that there is any intent to deceive or misinform you. In return you yourself will be open and forthcoming. This is the way great friendships start. But what if the other person has something to hide? Something that they would rather you didn’t find out about. How would you ever know that you were being told lies or that some of the truth has been left out? Find out how to access free public records to check out their background.

Even the best of relationships can be tested to the limit sometimes. No matter how close you are to someone there are some things that can break you apart so easily if you are not very careful. One of the things almost guaranteed to place a strain on any relationship is lending money. Yes it’s ok if the loan is repaid in a timely fashion and you can see that the person who you loaned it to is doing everything that they possibly can to return the cash to you. Sadly this is often not the case. Even with the best of intentions on both sides things can go wrong and wreck the relationship.

Would you loan money to someone with a criminal record?

If you are thinking of loaning someone money, what can you do to reduce the risk of the deal going sour? You might think that lending cash to someone who has been declared bankrupt, has an arrest warrant, a lien or a criminal record is an unacceptable risk and that you should think twice about handing over the dollars. But these aren’t things that people like to talk about, especially when they want to impress you before asking you to loan them some money. Doing background checks on a person before you give them money is the sensible thing to do.

Doing a background check could save your relationship

It’s very common to shy away from doing background checks on people in the false belief that they will discover your research and think that you don’t trust them. Finding out things that really should be kept private is another reason why you might not want to do a background check. Perhaps just the act of performing a background search might be enough to somehow break up a friendship. Neither of these obstacles are real however. You can do a background check using a web site that is completely confidential. There is no way that the other person can find out unless you tell them.

Public records web sites do just what they say in the description. They provide you an easy way to find information that is freely and publicly available elsewhere if you knew where to look. There is no question of you finding out things that are truly private.

Look up someone’s criminal background fast

You won’t believe how much information there is to find or how fast you can search through it all until you’ve used a web site to access free public records and do a background check for the first time. You can find out all sorts of stuff about people including any criminal records, arrest warrants or bankruptcies. Do a background check on someone today.

Author: Steve Gee

Arrest Warrants | How to Find a Warrant For Arrest Before the Cops Catch You

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Check for arrest warrants and get treated favorably by the courts

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Do you want to get woken up in the middle of the night and dragged off to jail by the police? I thought not but if there’s a warrant out for your arrest then this is exactly what could happen. If you want to sleep easily at night then you should learn how to check yourself out for arrest warrants. Here’s how you do it.

It won’t matter whether you actually committed the offence or any other crime for that matter, if you have an active arrest warrant you will be arrested and taken in to the station. To make matters worse this will all go down on your record as an involuntary arrest because the police had to come looking for you.

If you had given yourself up to the court voluntarily then you might expect everyone to be a bit nicer to you because they will see that you tried to do everything you could to cooperate with the court. But how do you know that you have a warrant?

You could get an arrest warrant anywhere and at any time

You can pick up an arrest warrant if you skip bail or fail to appear in court. If you get caught in a speed trap or commit some other traffic offence you could get a warrant without even knowing it until the police come knocking at your door. Someone might have stolen your identity and been caught robbing a bank or something. You might not find out about this until the police arrest you for it.

Are you an identity theft victim?

Identity theft is fast becoming a major problem in all parts of the world. Have you had your personal details stolen and used by someone else yet? If you haven’t then I bet that you know of someone who has. Now if the thief is stopped for speeding or skips bail for an offence that might be very serious then who do you think that the cops will come looking for? Well it’s your name and details that they have so it’s you that they will come for.

Make yourself look good in court

Think about how different it could be in court if you were to hand yourself in before the cops come looking for you. The Judge will naturally have a more favourable opinion about you and your court experience could be a whole lot nicer. The problem is how do you know if you have a warrant for arrest issued on you in the first place? Luckily today it’s not nearly as difficult as it used to be to do a background check on someone and find out if there are arrest warrants.

What’s the easiest way to find warrants for arrest?

You can use a web site like the one at Court Records to find out if you have an arrest warrant. You can do it in less than 10 minutes, it’s easy and completely confidential. Until recently it would have been practically impossible for you to do this type of background check search by yourself. Isn’t the Internet great?

Don’t put this off. Do a background check now, find out if you’ve got any active arrest warrants right away.

Author: Steve Gee

How Can Speed Traps Get You An Arrest Warrant

Monday, October 19th, 2009

How do speed traps work and why do I have a warrant for arrest?

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Getting caught breaking the speed limit is a lot easier than you think it is. Even when you are sure that you are obeying the law at all times it’s the easiest thing in the world to let your speed creep up a little and before you realize it… bam… you’ve been caught in a trap. You might not know that you’ve been caught and you could easily miss the letter they send you. If you don’t receive the citation or you ignore it then sooner or later you’re going to get an arrest warrant and then you will get arrested.

Police radar speed traps

Radar speed traps work by beaming out a radio wave that bounces off your car back to the radar speed gun. Using the same principle that changes the sound of a train as it gets closer to you, the radar trap can tell how fast you are going. The technical term for ths is the “doppler effect”.

You can buy devices for your car that alert you to any police radar traps in the vicinity by monitoring the low level radio waves that they give out. This can help you to avoid getting caught driving too fast.

Laser speed traps

Laser speed guns use laser light instead of radio waves and are steadily replacing the radar speed trap. Lasers are much harder to detect in your car so your radar detector isn’t going to help you here. You could get laser speed checked and get a citation possibly leading to an arrest warrant without you even knowing anything about it.

How to combat the new technology

Well you can’t detect a laser speed trap in the area so you could try keeping your speed down but you and I both know that it just isn’t that easy is it? It is so easy for you just to relax for a moment or make a small mistake in judgement and speeding is only one of many offences that you can pick up while driving.

Find out about warrants before you get arrested

New technology means that you can’t avoid getting caught and luckily new technology allows you to find out quickly when you have a warrant so that you can deal with it as painlessly as possible. This isn’t ideal but it’s a whole lot better than getting dragged off to jail on a warrant. You can search for your arrest warrants using online public records. This is a lot easier than going to your courthouse to enquire about warrants and even if you did it would only work if you got the warrants in your state. You can’t realistically check every courthouse in the land on a regular basis.

Remember how speed traps work and keep your speed down to avoid getting citations. Check regularly to make sure you haven’t picked up an arrest warrant.

Author: Steve Gee

How To Find A Warrant For Arrest Before The Police Come For You

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

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If the police come looking for you with an arrest warrant then they will arrest you and take you in. It doesn’t matter whether you committed the offence or not, if you have a warrant for arrest then the police are obliged to arrest you. When this happens you will gain a police record that states you were taken in involuntarily. The courts will often be more sympathetic towards people who give themselves up voluntarily but to do this you have to know that there is a warrant on you before the police come after you.

You could get an arrest warrant anywhere and at any time

You can get an arrest warrant if you skip bail or fail to turn up in court. You can get a warrant for a traffic offence without you knowing it. You might have had your identity stolen and someone else has committed a crime for you. You might not find out about this for a long time and it could have been done a long way away so checking with your local courthouse isn’t going to do you much good.

What’s the easiest way to find out if you have arrest warrants?

The easiest and quickest way to find out whether you have any warrants for arrest is to use a web site like the one at Court Records. For a small one off payment you can instantly search multiple databases to find out practically anything about anyone including yourself.

The beauty of this type of site is that you can do the same search on as many people as you like as many times as you like for the same one off membership fee so it’s easy to do a regular check to make sure that you don’t have any warrants out on you.

Check to find a warrant for arrest now and rest easy tonight

Don’t put this off. Do a check now; it could save you money and even a jail sentence.

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Find out exactly what an arrest warrant is and discover any that might be issued on you. Do it now before the Police come after you.

Author: Steve Gee