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Why Search Criminal Records?

The most basic reason to use BeenVerified to search criminal records is because of curiosity. This curiosity may be about another person. How much do you really know about the people around you? What about the people around your parents, grandparents, children or other vulnerable family members? What about the parents of your children’s friends? Is that new man or woman in your life hiding important information from the past? What about the new boyfriend or girlfriend your child brings home? A Criminal Records Search can quickly and easily answer many of these questions.

Sometimes, your reason for searching Criminal Records is even more personal: what does your criminal record say about you? There are very few of us who have not had some type of brush with the law, from minor traffic violations to more serious offenses. Especially when these offenses seem minor, many of us may have paid a ticket or fine, accepting criminal responsibility for an action without fully understanding its ramifications. Doing a Criminal Records search can be your first step in finding out what the public record says about your criminal background, so that you can take the necessary steps to fixing that record, when possible.

What Does a Criminal Records Search Uncover?

That is a complicated question because different jurisdictions may report different offenses in their public records databases. It is important to keep in mind that there are several different levels of criminal liability in the United States: federal, state, and local. There are different record-keeping requirements at each level of government. Moreover, a single offense may actually bring a person into contact with multiple different record-keeping organizations or entities. These entities include, but are not limited to, law enforcement agencies, courts, prosecutor’s offices, parole offices, probation offices, and correctional facilities. A comprehensive Criminal Records search may also include all relevant court records during a trial or after the disposition of a defendant, which could include information on sentencing, probation, parole, and any court-ordered treatment programs a defendant is required to attend, along with information about compliance.

What Does It Mean if a Person has No Criminal Record

If a person has no criminal record, it means that they have not been convicted of any crimes, and, depending on the reporting requirements of the various jurisdictions in which they have lived, may even mean that they have never been suspected of any crimes. However, it is very important to keep in mind that the absence of a Criminal Record or even a clean Criminal Background Check is not the same as a guarantee that the person is safe or has not engaged in criminal behavior. It should go without saying that a Criminal Record or a Criminal Background Check can only uncover criminal behavior that has been detected. If it is important for you to know all available public information about a person, it may be better to run a comprehensive Background Check, which may be able to provide information about the person that is not based solely on criminal activity.

Does a Criminal Records Check Reveal Every Conviction?

No. A Criminal Records Check does not reveal every conviction. It is important to keep in mind that some offenses are, by statute, prohibited from becoming part of the public record. Most juvenile court records are not considered part of the public record and will not be available in a Criminal Records Search. Likewise, in jurisdictions that have a process for expunging Criminal Records, a current Criminal Records Search will not reveal expunged offenses; though searching through archived data might reveal those offenses. Furthermore, Criminal Records searches may not reveal convictions for people who have assumed new identities and are using new names, though Background Searches may provide sufficient data to run a Criminal Records search with the person’s actual identity.

What Information Do I Need to Run a Criminal Records Search?

How much identifying information you need to run a Criminal Records Search depends on the individual you are investigating. The more common someone’s name, the more likely it is that basic first name and last name information will not be sufficient to run a Criminal Records Search. Instead, it may be necessary to use some of BeenVerified’s other services such as Reverse Lookup, Background Search, People Directory, or People Find to uncover other identifying information linked to the person being searched. Information such as date of birth, gender, social security number, current address, and past addresses can give critical information in completing a Criminal Records Search. Likewise, if the subject of the search is known by any aliases, those aliases may be helpful in narrowing down the subject of a Criminal Record search. Criminal records are not only linked to individuals. It is possible to run a Criminal Records search that examines a particular address, which would uncover whether anyone who lives at that address has registered on an offender database.