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How to Search Arrest Records Online

SpyFly provides instant access to arrest records in a simple, cohesive report. Online arrest records will show if the arrest was drug or alcohol related, a traffic-related incident, a business violation, for a violent crime, or from theft or robbery. Please note that an arrest does not constitute guilt. Arrest records are always made after someone is detained by a police officer and a person can be arrested if suspected of a crime. But remember that guilt can only be determined by a court of law.


What is included in an online arrest record?

Simply stated an arrest record will show whether a person has ever been arrested. Again, an arrest does not indicate guilt. You may expect to see all or some of the following in an arrest record:

  • The full name of the subject
  • The dates of the charges
  • The charge or offense
  • The category of the charge – misdemeanor or felony
  • The source of the arrest record
  • The state the source is located
  • The location where the alleged crime occurred
  • The type of case and the case number
  • The name of the court involved

Can anyone view arrest records online?

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into legislature in 1967. This allowed the American public access to public records, including arrest records. However, there are some exceptions. Individuals cannot view arrests that are active or pending.

It should be noted that some states will exclude arrest information when the subject is acquitted, expunged, or released due to lack of charges.

Is It Free to View Arrest Records Online?

Because these records often contain sensitive information, individuals who wish to view these records usually must pay a fee.

There are typically three ways to look up arrest records: in person at a courthouse or county building, by request and online. Going to view arrest records in person often costs money as county clerks charge administration fees. If you submit a request through the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI can provide specific records, but they also charge a fee.

The best option for viewing records is to do so online. SpyFly provides unlimited criminal background searches, including arrest records, for a small monthly fee.

What Should I Use Online Arrest Records For?

  • Family members
  • New love interests
  • Friends
  • Classmates
  • Neighbors
  • Yourself

What If I Find an Incorrect Arrest Record About Myself?

If you find an arrest record that you believe belongs to you, be sure to check the following information to make sure it is actually yours:

  • The spelling of full name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Place of residence

If all the above match your personal information, look at your credit report to determine that your identity has not been manipulated or stolen. If you suspect that someone has stolen your identity, you can file a police report.

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DISCLAIMER: SpyFly provides affordable, immediate access to public record information. It is PROHIBITED by law to use our service or the information contained on our website to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq. SpyFly does not provide private investigator services, consumer reports and is not a consumer reporting agency as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Please be EXTREMELY careful when reviewing a person's criminal history. Please DO NOT use this information without further investigating the accuracy of the information. The information available on our website may not be complete, accurate, or current. For more information, please review SpyFly's Terms of Use.

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