When many people consider a criminal records search for the first time, their first thought is probably to conduct the records check online. After all, everything is on the internet. While this may be true of scores of other information-even most information-that there is to glean, unfortunately, at this point in time, the criminal records industry falls short in this capacity. In this discussion, we will take a look at criminal records online as a subject, what records are available in this location in contrast to those records available elsewhere, as well as a look at the future of criminal records online.
There are a variety of ways that people seeking offender records information can choose to approach their records search, and one of the most popular for newcomers, is to conduct it online, on their own. Unfortunately, there are two problems with this records check choice, more often than not, and one necessarily is inextricably related to the other. First, to conduct a criminal records search on your own, you need to know a lot about the U.S. justice system and how it records its information on offender records activity. Secondly, without knowledge of what records information is even available on the internet at various jurisdictions and what is not, a person endeavoring this criminal records online search will waste a lot of time, energy, and money.
The simple reason for this is that most records information is not available on the internet, meaning most jurisdictional courts and information records repositories do not have internet accessible records information databases for the public to reference. A study conducted recently by BRB Publications, found that “only 25% of public records can be found online”, which makes for a very very inconclusive background search on a person’s offender history.
In the matter of one stop shopping at a national information records database, unfortunately, there is no existence of one for the public. At the county and local levels, criminal records access is most often authorized in person for a physical search of records. At the state level, there are some states who have updated their databases to internet search, but this is a small handful at present. So, depending on the state in which the offense might have occurred, you may or may not be able to search on the internet; but in so many cases, unfortunately, not only is the state location un-internet friendly, but it may also just be accessible to commercial entities for subscription purposes.
Subscription purposes? What is that, you may wonder? Basically, information repositories at different jurisdictional levels-if they offer public access-sometimes offer the ability of offender records vendor companies to access their database, so many times a year for a records subscription fee. This helps the records vendors be able to offer updated offender history files to their clients for search, and keeps the work involved with aiding searchers of this information down at the government level.
While a criminal records online search on your own is certainly an admirable feat, it may not be the best option for you if you cannot travel to the jurisdictions that you may need to search. Without being privy to all jurisdiction databases that may or may not have internet access, and may or may not offer a subscription only to agencies; you will certainly come up with shallow findings on potential offenders, thereby defeating the whole purpose of an offender background search.