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An arrest record contains information about a person's criminal history, including arrests made by any law enforcement agency. Many arrest records are available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), although some can only be accessed by law enforcement agencies.

Although many arrest records are available to the public, sorting through them on your own may be a slow, difficult process. This website provides you with the tools to easily find arrest records.

Arrest records contain important information including:

  • The individual's age and gender
  • The statute the individual allegedly violated
  • Whether the arrested person was convicted
  • Any sentence imposed on the individual
  • The individual's mug shots
  • The date of release from jail or prison
  • Sex offender status

Arrest records contain information about a variety of offenses, including:

  • DUIs, DWIs, and other traffic-related crimes
  • Assaults, homicides, and other violent felonies
  • Larcenies and frauds
  • Drug possession and trafficking
  • Public intoxication
  • White-collar crimes

Why search arrest records?

Arrest records contain information that can be useful to individuals and businesses for a number of reasons.

Law enforcement officers frequently search the arrest records of suspects to see if they show a history of similar offenses. Employers often look at the arrest records of potential employees before agreeing to hire them. And individuals can search arrest records to protect themselves.

Most employers review arrest records as part of their hiring process. Employers have an interest in avoiding hiring employees who have been convicted of particular offenses. However, there are some restrictions on the use of arrest records to disqualify prospective employees, such as in cases of employment discrimination.

Some employers are legally required to check arrest records before hiring any applicant, including:

  • Healthcare organizations
  • Childcare facilities
  • Financial institutions
  • Security companies
  • Mental health agencies

Landlords and property managers often search for the arrest records of potential tenants as part of their screening process in order to protect the safety of other residents.

People can search inmate records for friends or family members who have been convicted of crimes to find out where they're incarcerated and when they might be released.

Many individuals also perform arrest record searches for people they have met through online dating sites or on sales platforms such as Craigslist. Running background checks can protect you from becoming involved with individuals convicted of fraud, domestic violence, sexual offenses, or other serious crimes.

Individuals can also search their own arrest records to verify the accuracy of their public records.

How to find the right arrest records

Arrest records are available at the county, state, and national level. Because people frequently relocate, your search should start at the national level. You may not find records from other jurisdictions if you only search arrest records at the state or county level.

It is important to use a reputable arrest records database. Some fraudulent or questionable websites contain false criminal records and mug shots of innocent people in order to slander them or extort money. Do not make any serious decisions without verifying the accuracy of any records.

Keep in mind that not all arrest records are available to the public in every state. Even though every state maintains public records for those convicted of serious sex crimes, some details about other types of offenses may not be available to the general public, and some minor sex crimes aren't included in arrest records in several states.

This website can help you find the arrest records you need.

How to find the best search results

Collect some basic information about the subject before conducting your search. At a minimum, you'll need the person's full name, although some databases may allow you to search by a partial name or alias.

When using an individual's name to conduct an arrest records search, you may receive numerous results. It is important to verify that you have the correct identity by cross-referencing additional details about your subject. This can help you avoid making mistakes about an individual's identity.

You should double check:

  • The approximate age of the person
  • Current and previous place of residence
  • Images of the person, if available

It is important to read the arrest record closely. Law enforcement officials usually only need probable cause with minimal evidence to make an arrest, so it is critical to distinguish between arrests and convictions.

An arrest without a conviction may indicate that the individual was found innocent or that charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. In some cases, individuals may be arrested in error. Thus, an arrest without a conviction may be irrelevant for the purposes of a background check.

It is also important to check the date of the arrest. If an arrest occurred a decade or more in the past, it may not be relevant today, particularly if the arrest was for a juvenile or minor offense. However, felony arrests may warrant additional attention, regardless of the date of arrest.

If possible, learn more about the context of the arrest. Arrest records can be vague about the details of the offenses. These records might not differentiate between an arrest made on strong evidence and a nuisance arrest driven by an over-zealous prosecutor or police officer.

Arrest records yield important information about people, but they don't always provide a complete picture. When reading an arrest report, make sure to consider the details of the arrest closely in order to make informed decisions about that individual.