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How to Search Criminal Records Online

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How Can I Find Criminal Records?

Thanks to the rise of the internet and its unlimited searching potential, it is easier than ever to find and access a person’s criminal records. This could come in handy in many situations. For example, if you met someone who might play a major role in your life, like a new significant other. Or if you want to learn more about the people around your family. In these instances, you might think a simple Google search will dig up all the information you need.

These days, running a Google search won’t show someone’s complete criminal record. A person’s criminal record can even be broken down into different categories of records that pertain to the legal system. These categories include but are not limited to arrests, court records, convictions, warrants and background checks. These are just pieces of a puzzle that added together, can show you a more detailed criminal record on a person of interest.

  • You have a right to see your criminal record as this is considered public record information.
  • This will include convictions, arrests, as well as outstanding warrants.
  • A criminal record is a listing of a person’s criminal convictions and arrests.
  • The information in criminal records varies by state and even from county to county.
  • You are entitled to a copy of your own criminal record.
  • It is important to know that each governmental agency in the US sets their own standards of what a criminal record will include.
  • As a general guideline, criminal records contain basic information such as name, birth date, aliases, and height and weight.
  • Some criminal records contain only convictions, but most will contain arrest records.
  • You can request your criminal record from your state bureau of investigation as well as through the FBI for federal criminal record checks. However, you may be required to submit your fingerprints.
  • You can also visit your local police department and file a request through that agency, if you know the area of the criminal activity.
  • All government agencies related to law enforcement can access your criminal record without permission.
  • If you hire an attorney, they also can obtain your criminal record with your consent.
  • SpyFly makes it easy to search and find criminal records that are considered public record from every county and state government. Which is by far one of the easiest ways to privately search any criminal record.

Your criminal record may be checked at any time for the following reasons:

  • When you apply for a new job
  • When you apply to a new school
  • You are entering the military
  • Certain types of gun purchases
  • Extra security clearance
  • Fostering or adopting a child
  • Immigration applications
  • Some Professional or business licenses
  • Registering to vote
  • Anytime you consent to a background check, such as when you sign a lease or volunteer.
  • Your specific career choice, for example attorneys before they apply for the state bar are subject to criminal records checks.

When To Search For Criminal Records

Searches for people on the Internet can range from looking for a lost friend or family member, learning more about potential threats near you, or finding out if your new love interest has a shady past. There are appropriate times when you should investigate a person's criminal record. They include but are not limited to the following:

  • Searching for lost family members
  • Looking up an online date
  • Searching your neighbors
  • Finding an old friend
  • Locating someone’s address
  • Self-research

These are just a small list of the many legitimate reasons why you would need to do a criminal record search. However, people often utilize this search for prohibited reasons. SpyFly is a trusted source for searching public records, including those pertaining to a person's criminal history. We have made guidelines to ensure that these records are searched and made available for the right reasons. Therefore, here are some instances when you should not utilize a criminal record search:

  • Screening a New Tenant
  • Educational Screening
  • Evaluating Someone for a Job
  • Determining Credit Eligibility
  • Looking up a Celebrity or Public Figure
  • Stalking A Person
  • Stealing Someone’s Identity

At SpyFly, our mission is to ensure that our service is used ethically. At the same time, we strive to make sure that public record searches are available to help protect individual and community safety and allow users to reconnect with long lost friends and family members.

What Does a Criminal Record Include?

Criminal records contain several types of records, including information on the suspected criminal themselves. The following can be found on a criminal record providing the arrested individual was convicted of a crime.

This is what can typically be found in a criminal record that has not been expunged or pardoned by a government entity:

  • Arrest record, arrest warrants, and pertinent information on the arrest
  • Trial information, including the conviction, sentence, parole, and probation information on the convicted party
  • Inmate information, where they have been incarcerated, the entry date, bail or bond information, length of the sentence, and expected date of release
  • Name, birthdate, and other personal information about the convicted criminal
  • Mugshots, fingerprints, height, weight, eye color, hair color, and race
  • Details of the convicted crime, such as the events that led to the arrest.

Keep in mind that some of these reports can be considered null and void if the criminal charges were dropped or if a person was found innocent of the crime. This will likely depend upon the jurisdiction. A criminal record will also have a list of crimes (misdemeanor or felony) that a person was convicted of and the sentence. These include jail or prison terms served, time of probation served, parole grants, and even violation of probation or parole. A criminal record will also show any warrants for a person. Let's break down what you will find in a criminal record should you successfully obtain one:

Arrest Records

A criminal record begins with an arrest. One thing to note before searching for an arrest record is that an arrest does not constitute guilt. Under the law, “suspects are innocent until proven guilty”. This should be kept in mind whenever an individual is going through any type of criminal legal proceeding. People can get arrested and never be convicted of a crime.

What’s In An Arrest Record?

Simply stated an arrest record will show whether a person has ever been arrested. Here is what you may expect to see 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 where the source is located
  • Location where the alleged crime occurred
  • The Type of case and the case number
  • The Name of the court involved

Why Are Arrest Records Public?

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 contain sensitive information, individuals who wish to view these records usually must pay a fee. Alternatively, the records can be obtained by visiting city or county courts or clerk offices or making a FOIA request. Please note that these methods typically require a fee as well.

What Should You Use Arrest Records For?

Arrest records should be used for informational purposes only. You can obtain them if you are doing any kind of research or need to know any recent information on people that include but are not limited to:

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

Court Records

Obtaining court records can be a difficult task. Most people believe that this type of record can only be accessed by physically going to a government agency. However, if you go down this route, expect to jump through a lot of bureaucratic hoops. Getting complete court records is simplified with SpyFly. Using our advanced background check service, you can get a court report made available to you in under five minutes. All you need to do is enter the first name and last name as well as the state they live in. SpyFly will look through multiple databases where court documents are stored and compile them for you in an easy to read report.

Conviction Records

Did you know that 29.5% of American adults have a criminal record? Therefore, it is important to access a person’s conviction record. Conviction records will show you what, if any, crimes a person was found guilty of. Yes, even conviction records are considered something of public knowledge, and they are more easily accessible thanks to the internet. What do conviction records consist of? These records consist of misdemeanor or felony crimes that a person was found guilty and convicted of.

Where To Find Conviction Records

Because of the Internet, you can find conviction records just about anywhere. The easiest place to find them is of course, SpyFly. Even if it's your own record, you are entitled to view it in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. If found elsewhere, it may be more difficult to obtain. For example, if a subject was charged and convicted in one state and later moves to another state you may have difficulty finding their record. Sometimes, conviction records are not always submitted to federal databases. SpyFly can search for records that exist nationwide, even if they're not present in other national databases.

General Prices and Fees For Records

It’s important to know that if you are searching for a person’s criminal record outside of SpyFly, you may be required to pay processing fees. The following is a list of general prices for criminal records:

  • County Criminal Records: $5-$20
  • State Criminal Records: $9-$20
  • Federal Criminal Records: $8-$15
  • Sex Offender Status: $0-$10

Why pay for multiple checks from multiple sources? SpyFly can help you obtain criminal records and unlimited people searches by paying one small monthly fee. Because SpyFly searches through every record database, you don't have to waste time jumping from site to site paying for multiple record checks. And even better, you don't need to know a lot of detailed information about the person you’re searching. All you need is the person’s full name and their location. It’s that simple!

To Sum It All Up

If you want to find out if someone has a criminal record without having to ask any uncomfortable questions - SpyFly can get the job done for you. We will find everything from contact information, address history, court records, property information and even criminal records. You can receive all this information from a simple name search, all for a low fee. The age of Googling someone is over. Join SpyFly and start searching today.

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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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