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How To Search Felony Records Online

There are a plethora of reasons one would want to access a person’s felony records online. Maybe something feels off about the new neighbor that just moved in. Maybe you want to reconnect with an old classmate and see where they ended up. Or maybe, you’re just got curious and want to do a little digging on people you know.

That's where advanced people-searches, such as SpyFly, come in handy.


What are Felony Records?

Felony conviction records are considered public record. When something is public record that means that the information or documents are not considered private or confidential. They generally pertain to government documents. Felony convictions are public record because it is important that the public can be aware of and identify people in their lives who may be criminals, or who have been convicted of a crime.

An individual’s conviction record can be viewed by any member of the public if they provide an ID and a reason for their request. It is often necessary to do multiple checks for each state the person has lived in, but SpyFly has direct access to this data, eliminating the middleman and giving you easy access to the information. Making it simple.

About 29.5% of the United States population have criminal records, and websites have made it exceedingly easier to get that information. Because of this, it is important to be able to access felony conviction records to know if a person was truly found guilty of a crime.

What's In A Criminal Record?

Let's break it down, an individual's criminal record can consist of the following things:

  • Arrest records
  • Court records
  • Conviction Records
  • Warrants

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.

Where To Find Felony Records?

First off, if you were convicted of a crime, you are entitled to a copy of that record as a result of the Freedom of Information Act. As stated earlier, conviction records are public record, therefore members of the public can access them. The Freedom of Information Act states that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information, except for exemptions that are listed. This means that anyone in the U.S. can request basic information that is considered public record, such as marriage records, voter registration or criminal records.

While felony convictions are public record, the system of recording and storing these conviction records in the U.S. isn't always the easiest to navigate. Records can have issues crossing state lines, which is why it's important to find a database that checks all 50 states and compiles the findings for you. A lot of people think the U.S. should have all criminal records in one place, but that's not the way it works.

Police and conviction records are recorded in the state the crime occurred in; from there they are voluntarily submitted to federal databases for access. Not all crimes are recorded and submitted to federal databases, which is what leads to contrary records. With SpyFly we search through national, state and municipal databases so you will get complete results, fast.

It's easy to find the state website where you can check out a conviction record, just remember you'll need to do that for each state they've lived in. That also means you’ll have to know every state they've lived in, and you'll likely have to pay a fee for each state.

There are fees associated with doing a criminal record check and can vary based on state and type of search desired. Here are some general prices for these checks, though they're not exact.

(Please note that some include an access fee)

  • County Criminal Records: $5-$20
  • State criminal records: $9-$20
  • Federal criminal records: $8-$15
  • Sex offender status: $0-$10

SpyFly keeps the price of your search low by compiling all the information together for you, so you don't have to pay for multiple checks. SpyFly accesses all the necessary records making it simple and easy for you. And even better, you don't need to know a lot of detailed information about the person you’re searching. It's as simple as knowing their first and last name, their location and clicking search.

Prices for this information can vary site-to-site, our service just costs a small monthly fee and allows you access to unlimited criminal background checks.

Is This Legal?

Yes, third-party screening is 100% legal, seeing all laws are followed that pertains to them.

It is very important to remember to use these types of services in compliance with the Fair Credit and Reporting Act. The Fair Credit and Reporting Act (FCRA) states that it is prohibited by law to use third-party screening services to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit or tenant screening. It is completely legal to use the services for personal use, such as finding an old friend or checking for addresses. People can also use the service to check themselves to see what's available to the public.

SpyFly is often used to see if new love interests have anything shady in their past that you should know about, especially if met online. Sometimes it's even possible to find and reconnect with long-lost family members or friends. There are endless reasons to use a database like this, with so much information readily available.

It's amazing to be able to find felony records online but improper use of these services can lead to trouble, so make sure you follow the rules.

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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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