Why order a County Criminal?
County criminal searches are one of the fundamental searches in any background screening report. The searches are completed at the local courthouses by our experienced court researchers. County-level searches are the most accurate and up-to-date searches you can conduct. This search is different from a statewide, as it’s directly from the county courthouse instead of a database/repository. Records retrieved from the courthouses include pending records, felonies and misdemeanor convictions. County records are the most accurate as it’s the original source of the information.
Misdemeanors are state crimes that could result in a jail term of up to a year. For example, criminal searches in Connecticut that fall under this classification are simple assault, breach of peace, disorderly conduct, DUI, reckless driving, etc. Felonies are any state crimes that result in a jail term of at least a year and a day. Criminal searches in Connecticut that are identified as felonies are murder, burglary, aggravated assault, risk of injury to a minor, etc. Most states follow these same guidelines. Criminal searches in New Jersey classify crimes differently, and felonies are indictable offenses in New Jersey. Misdemeanors are defined as Disorderly Persons Offenses. A major distinction is the offenses can result in a maximum six months in jail, unlike misdemeanors, which carry a sentence of a year.
Research Services will seek out and investigate county criminal records for as long a such records are available in the relevant state. In some situations records will only be available for a maximum of 7 year or 10 years or a different period of time. State laws and the FCRA(Fair Credit Reporting Act) may limit reporting for certain subjects.
Turnaround Time: 1-3 Business Days
County Criminal Results May Include:
- Offense Date , Filing Date, Disposition Date
- Case Number
- Charge Type (Felony, Misdemeanor)
- Sentencing Descriptions
- Court Description
- Identifiers on Record File
- Years Searched
County criminal searches are one of the fundamental searches in any background screening report.
Federal Criminal Searches
Federal Criminal Searches are pulled directly from a repository maintained by Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.
Research Services offers the National Criminal Index as a pre-screen used in conjunction with other criminal searches.
Sex Offender Search
A nationwide sex offender registry search includes all states, D.C., U.S. Territories and Indian Tribes.