This is the most accurate method of searching. We can search any county in the United States and the District of Columbia. This search is performed at the county level and returns felony and misdemeanor records that are filed in the county court(s). Searches cover at least the past 7 years.
Turnaround time is 24-48 hours.
*Some courts do not offer public access and require a fee to search.
A County Criminal Records Check is a search of a specific county’s court records. It is by far the most common type of search in an Employment Background Check. It provides felony information, and it may also contain misdemeanor or infraction information.
County Criminal Records are searched by name. The results are then reviewed using other identifiers, such as date of birth, social security number, or driver’s license number. Reports usually include the jurisdiction searched, the individual’s personal identifiers as they appear in the case file, the file date, charges, disposition, disposition dates, and sentencing information.
A County Criminal Records Check is sometimes inaccurately referred to as a Criminal Record Check, a Criminal Background Check, or a County Criminal Background Check.
Why Do County Criminal Record Checks
When properly conducted, County Criminal Record Checks are the heart of a thorough background check. Employers have a moral and legal obligation to provide a safe work environment. Knowing whether a potential employee has been involved in criminal activity (such as drug or other substance abuse, reckless behavior, dishonesty, theft, or dangerous and violent behaviors) allows the employer to determine if an applicant is appropriate for the job and work environment. A County Criminal Records Check provides an important element for the defense against negligent hiring claims.
What Are The Sources Of A County Criminal Records Check?
A county court’s records are the primary source for County Criminal Records Checks. County courts oversee criminal cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the State Court System. County courts maintain records in a variety of ways. While many counties are computerized, others still use microfiche, microfilm, and paper to store files and indexes. Counties that have converted to computers do not necessarily place complete case files on their systems. They are more apt to include only an index or summary data. A quality Background Check at the county level should involve a researcher who is familiar with the record policies of the individual court system being searched.
Courts do not usually share records with other jurisdictions. Only criminal cases prosecuted in a county under the state penal code will be found in a specific County Criminal Records Check. Therefore, each county must be searched to determine if a criminal history exists in that county.