Arrest records are public records – They are there for you to use
Until you try out a public records investigation site you won’t believe how easy it is to find arrest records, criminal records, arrest warrants and many other things about people very easily. If you don’t take advantage of this wealth of information that’s available to you whenever you meet someone new or even deal with someone you know already then you are missing an opportunity to protect yourself. You can’t afford not to be careful about your friends, the people that surround you at work, your dates, people who do work for you. Even the casual acquaintance could be a risk to you. Anyone you know or meet could have a criminal record or there might be an arrest warrant out on them for something.
Before you hire someone to do some work for you make sure that you check to see if there are any arrest records or criminal records associated with the person. If you are hiring for your employer then you have a duty to the organization that you work for too. If you have found a new love and are thinking about getting more involved with them then you owe it to yourself to make sure that you understand this person’s background. Finding the truth before you get in too deep could save your a lot of pain down the line.
But wait – An arrest record does not make someone a criminal
You should be careful not to make too many assumptions until you know the whole truth. Just because someone has been arrested at some point in their life doesn’t mean that they are a criminal. People get arrest warrants for all sorts of things and thousands of people get arrested every day. Arrest warrants are usually out of your control and getting arrested because the police think that you might have done something wrong does not make you a criminal. Be careful not to jump to conclusions too quickly. Find out all the facts first.
Having said all that, everyone that gets convicted had to be arrested in the first place. So if you find out that someone has an arrest record then you have a good reason to investigate further. It could have been nothing, just a mistake even. But it might have been something more.
National searches for arrest records
You can, if you have the time and patience, do a nationwide search for arrest records by making an enquiry at every court in the country. Given that there are literally thousands of courts, this is a practical impossibility. So how do you look up someone’s arrest records?
What can you do if you can’t check out every court in the country? The best that you can do is to take reasonable care when you search someone’s background. You must try as hard as you reasonably can to find the records that you need.
Checking with an arrest records public web site is a simple and easy thing to do. Public records databases can be found online and they offer you their arrest records and other data in an easily searchable format. The information in these databases has been collected over many years from all sorts of publicly available sources. Online and offline sources are used and assimilated and added to daily. You can do an investigation using these web sites because of the public records they contain and you can do a nationwide warrant or record search. Sometimes the public records site may not be as up to date as the records in the actual courts but it’s not bad and it does give you the opportunity to to check in many different areas at once and do it very quickly.
If you do find something on the public records site that gives you cause for concern then you might want to do a more targeted search by using the courts themselves. Find out where the person has lived and worked over the past 7 years. When you know that information you can apply in just the courts in the areas where the person spent most of their time.
You can never be absolutely certain that someone doesn’t have an arrest record but you can use these guidelines to satisfy yourself that you have taken all reasonable precautions.
Author: Steve Gee