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The TRUTH about "FREE" Criminal Records Searches

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Enter "Free Criminal Records Search" in Google. Click on one of the listings. Enter your subject's name (this could be the only information you have), and other personal information perhaps your subject has provided. Your results could be in the hundreds, depending on how common the name is and the breadth of your area: county, state, or national.
Question: How do you identify which one is your subject?

Answer:  Keep reading.  And know this: There is a big difference between a "Criminal Records Search" and a "Criminal Background Check".  A "Criminal Records Search" will be looking at a single database with the identifying information that you have been provided. A "Criminal Background Check", on the other hand, will discover and verify your subject's personal information, thereby establishing positive identity, plus perusing a variety of sources.

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Law breakers are experts at supplying you with bogus information. They use aliases and variations of their name, change around or alter their date of birth, change their social security number, and leave out past addresses.  How would you know if what you've been told is true, unless you've done a background check and address history on them?

Even if you have established positive identification, what have you accomplished?  You've looked a database or two, and found verification of the person's name and address, but what is the source of those database?  Which states and which counties contribute (sell data), to those database?  More important, which ones do not?  There is no National Database of all the bad guys and all databases are not created equal:  Some are up-to-date; others are out-of-date.  Some pay data brokers for "data dumps" once or twice a year.  What if your subject has committed a crime in the recent past? 

Question:  Would this stuff show up on a "free search?" 

Answer: Most likely not!

Ask yourself:  "Why do I want to conduct this kind of investigation in the first place?"  Do I have unanswered questions?  Suspicions?  Am I doing this for peace of mind? 

Other Questions:  Are you seeking a caretaker for your children or loved ones?  Are you looking to hire someone to work in a trusted position in your company?  Do you wish to relieve yourself of liability?

Answers:  You may be deluding yourself, thinking a cheap background check will alleviate your concerns.  Only a complete and thorough background check, accomplished by proven investigative professionals, can provide the security you require.  Our Experts follow time-proven procedures when conducting Background Checks, including Civil Court and Driving Records searches which may bring up charges, and/or could indicate issues of character and judgment.

The following databases will be searched by professional researchers:

  1. Department of Corrections (DOC): all states. This is a check for felonies committed; current and past offenders.
  2. Administration of the Court.  AOC:  contains misdemeanor convictions from both the superior and municipal court level.
  3. Wants and Warrants.  Is your subject wanted for a possible crime?
  4. Department of Public Safety (DPS).  Includes traffic and sometimes other types of misdemeanor convictions from both the superior and municipal court level.
  5. County Search. More documentation here than any other public database . Note: Recent activity may be available only at the county level.
  6. Statewide Criminal Courts records for crimes committed within a particular county and reported to centralized state-run information centers
  7. Federal Court Records. (NOTE: If your subject has served time for committing a federal crime, you won't find a record in DOC, Statewide, or County documentation!)
  8. Sex Offender: (Our Experts know to check the entire United States)
  9. Civil lawsuits, bankruptcies, liens, judgments, and evictions (May not be a crime, but does reveal a lot about a pest character).
  10. Derogatory entries on a credit report: bankruptcies, liens and judgments (Does your subject have a history of bad debts and poor credit?).
  11. OFAC. The Office of Foreign Assets Control maintains the list of wanted and suspected terrorists.

For more information on conducting a criminal background check, read this article: How To Search Criminal Records.

More Background Checks Articles

For more information regarding the various types of background checks available, please read the in-depth articles from the following links: Employee Background Checks, Tenant Screening, Business Background Checks, Asset Searches and Criminal History.

Article provided by: Investigative Professionals LLC, 2012 Information Providers.

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