What is it?
This search provides criminal history information about a person. It includes details of all accessible felony and misdemeanor records, giving you detail on each record's disposition within the boundaries of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state guidelines. The type of information you may receive: Pending cases, convictions and active warrants. Additionally, if a record is located, the background report may include the following information:
- Level of offense
- Sentencing received
How does it work?
The search functions differently based on the county being searched. Some counties do not make their records available electronically, so they must be searched manually at the county courthouse by clerks, a researcher on-site, or using the same repositories as the clerk. For county records available electronically, the search can be performed online using the same databases utilized by the court clerks.
The County Criminal Records search [available in 7- or 10-Year Look Back] is the most reliable source for complete and up-to-date criminal records. It uncovers misdemeanors and felonies within a specific county's Central or County Seat Court.
We recommend that you use these as a baseline for pre-employment screening of applicants. Depending on the county location, additional access fees may apply.
Who needs this search?
The County Criminal Search is the most likely search to identify if a candidate has a criminal history in the previous 7-10 years that would prevent an employer from moving forward with their employment.
Why run this search?
While not all crimes are committed at the local level, individuals are most likely to commit a crime in the jurisdiction they currently, or formerly, live in. Running this search will identify criminal convictions in the areas they most likely occurred in for your candidate.
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