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Q1. What do I need before I can perform a criminal background record search on an individual?
Q2. Do I need permission from the person I wish to perform a criminal background record search on, before I perform it?
Q3. What information is contained in a CriminalBackgroundRecords.com report?
Q4. Will I be charged for a search that comes back with “no records found”?
Q5. How soon will I receive the results of my criminal background record search?
Q6. Why are there only county-wide searches available in some states?
Q7. How far back does the data from CriminalBackgroundRecords.com go?
Q8. Could a county search give different results than a statewide search?

     
     
Q1. What do I need before I can perform a criminal background record search on an individual?  
A1. You need to have at least the person's name and their date of birth to perform a search. However, the more information you can supply, the greater the chances of finding a matching record.  
     
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Q2. Do I need permission from the person I wish to perform a criminal background record search on, before I perform it?  
A2. Criminal Background Records are currently classified as “public records” and therefore you do not need permission to execute a criminal records search for most purposes. One exception to this is in the case of employment screening, where permission is generally required. It is always wise to keep up-to-date with new laws pertaining to your field of business, so check your State and local laws.  
     
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Q3. What information is contained in a CriminalBackgroundRecords.com report? SEE SAMPLE  
A3. A record typically includes the defendant's name, date of birth, case number, date of offense, date filed, charge, the parties involved, county and state of incident, description of crime committed or accused of, alias names used by offender, the status of the case, disposition, disposition date, sentence, and unique characteristics of the individual including height, weight, eye color, race, and sex. The information contained in a criminal background record report will vary depending on the state or county being searched. Regulations, rules and filing practices vary in each jurisdiction, and as a result the information contained in a record from one state/county in the country could significantly differ from that in another. For instance, some states have pictures available for criminals, which you would receive, while others do not.  
     
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Q4. Will I be charged for a search that comes back with “no records found”?  
A4. Yes. A confirmation of where the search was conducted will be sent back to you along with the information we used to do the search, and the fact that no records were found. We have to charge our customers for the search regardless of whether or not records are found, because we incur costs every time we run a search.  
     
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Q5. How soon will I receive the results of my criminal background record search?  
A5. Statewide search results typically get back to you within 24 hours. County level searches (which are performed manually) can take up to three business days. *in some remote locations of the country (which are not searched very often) the turnaround time could be longer.  
     
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Q6. Why are there only county-wide searches available in some states?  
A6. Some states either do not have a statewide criminal data repository or the data they do have is of lesser quality than that found at the county district courthouses, sheriff's office, District Attorney's office, or police department (whichever one is used in retrieving critical criminal history for that particular county or region). If these resources provide better information than what is retrievable at the statewide level, CriminalBackgroundRecords.com will use the county-wide search as opposed to the statewide. We only use statewide searches in states that we have access to up-to-date and accurate information. If we do not have such access and information, we do not promote nor do we suggest using such a service. We have access to the largest network of criminal background record researches, investigators and repositories in the U.S.A. As new means of accessing information become available, we will be the first on the Internet to deliver it to you. Due to the values and ethics of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com, understand that we test all new third party data to ensure it is up to our high standards, as we will not use low quality, inaccurate or incomplete sources of information.  
     
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Q7. How far back does the data from CriminalBackgroundRecords.com go?  
A7. Good question! On this website you can go to the state in which you want to conduct your search. On the state page you will find the answer to this question and other useful information. Some of our records go back over 30 years, while others only go back 7 years. In short, it varies by state.  
     
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Q8. Could a county search give different results than a statewide search?  
A8. Yes. Most statewide searches are conducted through the use of computerized repository systems whose data is updated monthly. A county level search is performed by a professional court researcher in the county chosen. This search could find records that statewide searches do not find, as the records could have emerged within the past thirty days. Statewide searches are only as reliable as the people updating the new data into the central repository. Therefore, a county level search could come up with records that were never uploaded to the state database. The county level search is the most indepth independent search for a specific area. Of course the drawback to the county search is its scope. A statewide criminal background check could find records from anywhere in the state, records which wouldn't be found just by searching in one county. The rule of thumb here is; if you have a good idea of what city/county a person committed a crime in, or lived in for a substantial amount of years, conducting a county level search is your best bet. Otherwise, to cover more ground its best to perform a statewide criminal search.  
     
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