County Criminal Records Search

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County Criminal Records Search

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When conducting a county criminal records search, the county criminal records are the bedrock of all criminal information in the United States. State police records, commercial criminal databases even the FBI criminal records typically start out as county criminal records. Most criminals are arrested, tried and convicted at the county level. The county criminal records are sent to the state and on some occasions to the FBI if it meets the minimum standards required by the FBI. (That right, not all criminal records is reported to the FBI.)

The US court system is structured by county within each state. There are over 3100 counties in the US. County criminal records lookup give you the ability to check any county in the US for criminal records. These criminal records can be accessed via the Clerk of Courts Office in the specific county responsible for the applicant's current and/or former resident address. Results may include filing date, case number, charges and sentence. Detailed criminal records include arrest records, suspended sentences, dismissals, probation, incarceration records and those involved in pre-trial intervention as well as convictions.

The US Department of Justice conducted a survey of prison inmates in 1991. They found that crimes were usually committed near the criminals’ homes and that 43% of inmates were in prison for crimes committed in their own neighborhoods. If the subject is a criminal it is likely that the criminal records will be uncovered when all jurisdictions where he or she has lived are checked. Therefore it is recommended to check criminal records in each county where the person has lived usually in past seven (7) to ten (10) years. Lifetime searches are available but only recommended when security or the need for clearance is extreme, i.e. child or elderly care.

A County criminal records search can be done in any U.S county. Each name/address location that resides within a different court jurisdiction is considered a separate search of criminal records. A search of county criminal records presents criminal records (felonies and/or misdemeanors) from individual county courts; results include filing date, case number, charges and sentence and cover a seven (7) year history, unless restricted by state law. These searches of criminal history searches are conducted manually through direct access of the particular court’s criminal records by a court researcher or the county employee (clerk of courts) when required. The search of the county criminal records provides detailed records including, arrests, suspended sentences, dismissals, probations and incarceration records. All searches of criminal records are based on Name & Date of Birth


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