How To Search Police Records Online
There are plenty of reasons one would want to access a person’s police records online. Maybe something feels off about the new neighbor that just moved in. Maybe you want to reconnect with an old significant other and see where they ended up. Or maybe, you’re bored and want to do a little digging on the people around you.
That's where advanced people-searches, like SpyFly, come in handy.
Police records are considered public record. When something is considered public record that means that the information or documents are not considered private or confidential. They generally pertain to government documents. Police records are public record because it is important to the public to be able to be aware of and identify people in their lives who may be criminals, or who have engaged in criminal activity.
An individual’s criminal 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.
It has been debated about whether not it is fair to have police records so easily available.
About 29.5% of the United States population have criminal records, and the internet has made it exceedingly easier to access that information. It has been argued that since police records can hold charges that weren't even convicted, it's unfair for it to follow a person their whole life.
While it is unclear whether there is a true answer to this debate, it is obvious that having access to these histories are an important part of life today. It’s rooted in us to want to know everything we can about a person.
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
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.
How Do I Check for Outstanding Local Warrants?
Anyone can check for an outstanding local warrant using the following steps:
- You can check your local court’s website if you know the location or original county of the arrest.
- Go to the local court’s website.
- Type the name of the person (it is best if you know the full name) if the court website has a search feature.
- It is important to know as much information about the person you are searching for an outstanding warrant so that they can be properly identified in the public records when dealing with a specific court.
- If you can’t find this information, then a phone call to the local court directly will be necessary.
- Ask the court clerk if there is an outstanding warrant for the individual.
- Again, have as much information as possible about the individual, such as the individual’s birth date and any relevant case numbers or arrest records.
- If you do not have all this information or find the court difficult to work with you can easily use SpyFly’s Outstanding Warrant Search tool. This also may be less cumbersome than dealing with a local court and their public record systems. Additionally SpyFly will search all warrant’s for the entire state, which is helpful if you do not know the court where the specific warrant is being held.
Where To Find Police Records?
First off, if you have a criminal record, you are entitled to a copy of that record as a result of the Freedom of Information Act. As stated earlier, police records are a matter of 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's registration or criminal records.
While prison records are public record, the system of recording and storing these police 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 believe the U.S. should have all criminal records in one place, but that's not the way it works.
Police 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 the 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 see a police record, just remember you'll need to do that for each state they've lived in. This also means you'll have to know every state they've lived in, and you'll likely have to pay for each of these states.
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. It’s as simple as knowing their first and last name, their location and clicking search.
Prices for this information can vary from site-to-site, our service costs only 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 on 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 police records online but improper use of these services can lead to trouble nobody needs, so make sure you follow the rules and use the services in a legal way.
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