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

Look Up Criminal Records And Understand Them

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Criminal records and what you can look up online


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Do you want to know how to look up someone’s criminal record? You might be suspicious about a friends behaviour or you might know that they haven’t always been on the right side of the law and you want to find out exactly what they have done. You might have a new date and you want to do a quick background check to find out more about the person. These are just some of the reasons that you might want to look up criminal records but do you know what all the different types of offences mean?

Doing background checks on someone to look up such things as criminal records, email addresses, marriage records,arrest records and much more has never been as easy as it is today. In just a few short years the Internet has turned near impossible tasks into astonishingly simple and quick jobs that can be a pleasure to undertake. In the USA, looking up criminal records and other background information has been made very easy and affordable for you by public records Investigations web sites. You can literally background check everyone you know.

So what types of criminal records might you find and what do they all mean? There are quite a few different categories and it is important that you understand what they all mean.

Misdemeanors

Offences that are considered to be the least serious are called misdemeanors. They include such things as shoplifting, Driving under the influence of alcohol, traffic offenses and other small crimes. Unless the offender has prior criminal record these offences are not likely to result in any custodial sentence. Misdemeanors may not show on all searches and some states do not consider it to be part of your criminal record.

Felonies

A felony can be any crime that is more serious than a misdemeanor. Anything from drug possession to rape and murder. If you see an offence described simply as “Felony” on someone’s criminal record then you should try to find out exactly what felony crime it refers to.

Traffic Violations

Petty traffic offences such as speeding or running a red light do not make it onto someone’s criminal record in all states unless it involved someone getting killed or damaging property or some other more serious result.

Sex Offender listings

For sexual offences it is now normal for the convicted person to be ordered to sign the sex offender register and to keep it informed of their current address. Since the late 1990′s sex offender registers have been maintained in most states in addition to a national register administered by the FBI. If a person is listed on this register then it will show on a criminal records lookup.

Parole and Probation violations

If a prisoner is released on parole, before they have served their full sentence they can be sent back to prison if they do not stick to all of the strict conditions that the parole imposes on them. Someone can be given probation as an alternative to sending them to prison. Again it comes with strict conditions and if the offender breaks any of these then they can be sent to prison. Parole and Probation are very different but violating the conditions of either can result in prison time.

Arrest Records

Arrest records are available for some states and show the date of arrest, what the offense was and what type of offence it is. You might also find other information such as conviction dates, fine amounts, photos etc.

Conviction Record

If the person has been convicted of any offense of any type then this information should be included on their record. There may also be entries resulting from someone being judged delinquent, being dishonorably discharged, placed on probation, fined, imprisoned or paroled by any law enforcement or military authority.

Inmate Records

Information is drawn from U.S. Federal and State prisons and reports may include probation and parole records. You may find a description of the offence, time served, sex, age, release date etc.

So now that you know what all the different types of offences that show on a report are about go and look up criminal records now. It’s easy, fast and affordable.


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Convict Search Engines | No Dating Without Checking

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Always check your dates

It doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are, you still need to be very careful when you date someone. I’ve just been reading an article about a mature lady who paid a dating agency a lot of money to find and vet a suitable partner for her only to find that the man they fixed her up with had a string of convictions to his name.

Now you might have expected that the dating agency would have made reasonable efforts to check whether it’s members have criminal records or not. After all this wasn’t a cheap online dating site, the fees were thousands of dollars and for that I think that price you should expect a thorough service. Apparently this didn’t happen in this case.

Why pay an expensive dating agency?

You may ask yourself why anyone would want to pay so much money to an agency just to find a date. There are plenty of free dating web sites on the Internet that you can use after all. I’m guessing that they do it because they think that the agency will protect them in some way from getting a bad apple. It’s also possible that they think that the more they pay then the more protection they are going to get. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case.

So if you can’t rely on someone else to background check your dates for you then what can you do? I would suggest that wherever possible you take responsibility for checking people out yourself. There is no harm in employing an agency who should be doing this for you of course but even if you do then do make sure that you do some simple online checks yourself. This way you can be sure that you have done everything that you can to make sure that you stay safe.

Background check your date

Before you ever do anything serious with a new friend, no matter how you met them, check them out online. There are some very well established background checking web sites on the Internet that you can use very cheaply. Not only do they work like convict search engines to show you previous convictions and arrest warrants that your date might have but they can also tell you a lot more about your friend too. Possibly more than you could ever expect from a dating agency or web site.

When I first started using background checking web sites to investigate people I wanted to know the big stuff like has he got any convictions or warrants out for him? Sometimes I was interested to know whether someone had been made bankrupt or not. A pretty important point when you are considering the possibility of spending the rest of your life with someone.

Investigating people can be fun

I hadn’t been investigating people online for very long before I realized that there was so much more information that you can potentially find out about someone by using these web sites. You can check their address and phone number for a start. You can then go on to check if there are any marriage or divorce records. Did he tell you that he wasn’t married? Now you might be able to catch him out.

When you have done all that you can even find information about relatives and neighbors. It’s a whole lot of fun and can be very addictive once you get started.

Online investigations web sites gather together as much publicly available information that they can find into one enormous database. They can never be completely accurate or 100% complete of course but new records are added all the time and if you find something in there that gives you reason for concern then you should challenge your friend with it. It is always better to be safe than sorry so remember, make sure that your friend isn’t hiding his past from you. No dating without background checking first.

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Arrest Warrant Search – What To Do When You Get Arrested

Monday, June 27th, 2011

When you get arrested – SHUT UP!

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Getting yourself arrested can come as a surprise. This is especially true when you are a good law abiding citizen and getting arrested is the last thing that you expected to happen.

Having the police come for you with an arrest warrant or even just arresting you on suspicion of doing something that you haven’t done can be a very scary experience and it happens to thousands of people every year. When it happens to you will you know what to do? Will you know how to handle the situation in a way that doesn’t incriminate you?

Most of us, and I’m guessing you too, would assume that cooperating with the police was the best thing to do. Answer all their questions as truthfully and as honestly as you can. It pains me to have to tell you that this is exactly what you should not do.

Do not say anything

When you get arrested you will be told that you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to but if you do say something then it can be used against you in court. Read that again – “It can be used against you” – and believe me, if they can use it against you then they will.

In the UK the police are much less honest than than US cops. They fail to tell you about the danger that you put yourself in when you talk to them. In fact they encourage you to incriminate yourself by suggesting that if you don’t say anything then you won’t be able to rely on it in court. As if you have to tell them everything or you will be in big trouble. Be quite clear on this point. If you tell the police anything then it is very likely that it will be held against you when you go to court. So don’t say anything.

Get yourself a lawyer

If you are going to say anything at all to the police then make sure that your legal council is present at all times. This will help you to avoid some of the more blatant traps that the police will place for you in their questioning. It is very difficult to stop yourself from saying something that will later get you into trouble. Often you will not be aware of the intent of the questions being put to you. The interviewers are skilled at what they do and are well rehearsed in their questioning techniques.

You might not know this but when you get to court they can use any part of your statements against you and they do not have to quote the whole conversation. Quotations from your statements can and do get used out of context to make you look bad when the answers you gave to questions seemed quite safe at the time when you said them.

Don’t be stupid. When you get arrested don’t say anything then they will not have anything that they can use against you. It’s that simple.

Never touch a police officer

if you find yourself being arrested by a police officer don’t protest, don’t shout and curse and above all do not touch the officer. If you do any of these things it can get you arrested when they were not going to arrest you. It can also get you arrested on more serious charges than you might otherwise have been. These extra charges can include resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. You do not want to add these charges to your arrest record but the officers will love it if you do. They get more points if they can arrest you on more serious charges.

Never refuse legal council

It is not uncommon for people to refuse legal council when they get arrested, even when the service is free. The right to a lawyer is often waived by innocent people who believe that they have nothing to fear from the justice system providing that they answer all the police questions truthfully and honestly. They have nothing to hide do they? Nothing could be further from the truth. Do you think that the police are interested in the truth or in finding the real criminal if you are sitting in front of them prepared to give them all the evidence that they need to convict you?

The police are interested in increasing their conviction rate. They have no incentive to ensure that they put the right people behind bars, despite anything that you might see in films or on TV.

The police are not your friends

If they police arrest you then they are not your friend. They are not on your side. They will do everything that they can to gather evidence against you that might lead to your conviction.

Police investigators are experts in getting you to say exactly what they want you to say and they want you to say something that they can use against you in court. Don’t tell them anything.

it’s your public duty to say nothing

If you talk to the police then you are potentially giving them the evidence that they can use to convict you with. If they have that evidence then they will lose any incentive that they might have had to look for the real criminal. If you talk to the police they could convict you and the real offender will remain free to commit more crimes. It is your public duty to not let this happen. Make the police do their job and find the truth instead of making it up.

Do you have any outstanding arrest warrants

You can often avoid getting yourself arrested by handing yourself in before the police come to arrest you. If you do this voluntarily and under the supervision of a lawyer then you have a much better chance of dealing with the warrant without getting arrested. You can find out if you have any active arrest warrants by consulting a public records investigations web site. It isn’t expensive and it could save you from getting a nasty surprise.

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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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Criminal Records Dont Get Convicted By Your Facebook Posts

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Is Facebook a friend or your worst enemy?

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Facebook is arguably one of the very best inventions of the last 50 years. Or is it one of the worst abominations to be conceived yet? It all depends on your point of view and if you are one of the unfortunate people who have lost a job, been turned down for a job, been cyber-bullied or even got a criminal record because of something posted on FB then you know what I’m taking about.

It’s undeniable that social networking sites have brought pleasure to millions of people around the world. It has allowed people to keep in touch despite vast distances and passage of time. It has brought old friends together when they thought that they would never see each other again. Many people use FB as an invaluable tool to organize events and keep their social life in order. Communicating with people has never been easier, especially now that you can do it so easily on your phone while mobile.

The dark side of Facebook

There is however a dark side to this new found freedom of communication and expression. Social networks make it possible for you to track the daily activities of all your friends and allows you to communicate with them any time that you want to. This very same technology makes it possible for employers to build a background profile of you and use it to decide whether to give you a job or not. Worse still, your Facebook profile can provide evidence to the police and land you with a criminal record.

If you apply for a job in an office and your FB profile shows that you regularly party the night away into the small hours they might take that into consideration. If you apply for a job working with children but your FB page shows you in compromising situations then there is a good chance that you will not get the job.

Some people post pictures of themselves actually committing offenses thinking that their pages are private. This can get you into serious trouble. It can get you arrested and provide the prosecution with all the ammunition that they need to secure a conviction. You then have a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.

Don’t stop using Facebook

I don’t want to stop you from using FB. As I said, the social benefits it brings are huge and I would not want to deny you those benefits. What I do want you to do is act responsibly when you are using it.

The first thing that you must do is use the tools that Facebook provide to secure your account. This means setting your profile so that only the people that you want to see your information can see it. When you have done that you have probably done more than most to help keep your life private and secure your reputation.

Online security is never enough

Simply securing your account is not enough however. Remember that you are relying on the owners of FB to be responsible and respect your privacy wishes. Can you trust them to do that? I would not. You must also remember that FB is just one huge software program. It is built by programmers who are human and don’t always get things right. I know this because I’m a programmer myself. A web site like Facebook is a complex piece of software which is impossible secure 100% with certainty. If there is even a small hole in the security then the hackers will find it sooner or later.

Even if Facebook was 100% secure one of your ‘friends’ could take your posts and images and post them elsewhere. You may forget that you made your boss a friend and then post something bad about the company that you work for. A sure way to get yourself fired if you ask me.

FB will also give up your information to the police to comply with court orders. Anything that you write or post online can and will be held against you in court if the police choose to do so when they charge you with an offence. A conviction for smashing a window is easy to achieve if you post a picture of you doing it on FB.

Anything you post on line may be found in a background check

So don’t stop using FB but whenever you post stuff there you should assume that whatever you put on the site may someday become public. Before you post ask yourself this question “Would I want anyone else to see this?”. If you would rather not show this information to your employer, a prospective employer, your ex partner or the police then don’t post it. Keep it to yourself. If you do this every time then you should be able to sleep easier at night knowing that it can’t come back to bite you one day.

Don’t get yourself a criminal record because you have posted something online to Facebook or anywhere else on line. It’s easy enough for someone to do a background check on you online without you helping out by posting all your secrets too.

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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

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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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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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Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Don’t ignore your feelings – they could be right


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Find someone’s criminal record now

Have you ever had a feeling about someone that something just wasn’t quite right but you couldn’t put your finger on it? You want to trust this person because you naturally want to see the best in people.

You have noticed that there is something that just doesn’t ring true to you for some reason. Many people would call this intuition. It’s something that women seem to have in abundance but men also seem to have a share of it if the truth be told.

The funny thing about intuition is that it often turns out to be right and more often than you might imagine too. You should never ignore your intuition because you might end up regretting it if you do.One way to help you find out the truth about someone is to search criminal public records to see if they have ever been convicted. If you can do it for free then that would be so much the better right?

How to search criminal public records free

Criminal public records are maintained by municipal and county courts as well as state trial records. In addition, there are also records kept by federal trial courts.

The municipal, county and state courts are all supposed to send their records to a central state repository but it seems that this process isn’t always as reliable as it could be. Often courts are slow to transfer records to the repository and I’m told that sometimes it doesn’t happen at all.

If you are searching for criminal records on someone, the first thing that must establish is where the records might be. Someone can get a record anywhere of course but it’s more likely that any crimes were committed in or around the places where they have lived and worked.

You should then consult the criminal court index in these counties. Some counties may require a release before you can access the records that you require. In addition, you should also check the criminal court index at the state level and lastly, the federal court level.

You need to check both state and county level records to make sure that have the best chance of finding what you are looking for. If you only check criminal records at the state level then might miss some records that have not yet been transferred from county. If you only search at county level then you might miss any convictions in neighboring counties.

Criminal public records search services

Doing free searches for criminal records is easier to do now than it’s ever been. Most records are now online and the situation gets better all the time. Searching for criminal records in various county and state records web sites isn’t the fastest way to do do it however.

This is especially true when you aren’t sure where someone has lived and worked in the past. When you are trying to find someone’s criminal public records for pre-employment screening or even for someone you know socially, they may not be willing to tell you where they lived and got a conviction when you could easily look up the record.

Another approach, which you might find better suited to your needs is to use a public records online service to do your searches. You can find web sites that have already gone to all of the court records offices in the land and obtained all available public records for you.

You can search for criminal public records in every state using such a web site. It’s so quick and easy to do you won’t believe it.


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Author: Steve Gee