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How To Find Jail and Conviction 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, including any time spent in jail or prison. 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 always show you if a person has spent time in jail. A person’s criminal record can 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. Jail records might be found in all the above categories. So, when searching for a person’s past, it is important to access all pieces to get the full picture.

What Does A Criminal Record Consist Of?

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. 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
  • The 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.

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. Conviction records will also tell you if a crime resulted in a jail sentence and the length of that sentence.

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 maybe 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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