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Criminal records are records that state the criminal history and past of a person. That criminal history can include but is not limited to involvement with the mafia, terrorist activity, traffic citations and violations, shoplifting, arson, burglary, grand theft auto and any other criminal activity a person commits during their lifetime. Criminal records are used to determine the individual??s trustworthiness when renting an apartment, being considered for employment, teaching children, and requesting a loan, or may be accessed by police during an arrest or traffic stop to check for outstanding warrants and other pertinent information.
Criminal records and criminal background checks are conducted even when employers or banks know that the individual has no criminal record, but they conduct the investigation as a matter of company policy. Potentially, something the individuals neglected to reveal may appear during the investigation, so it is a useful precaution. Criminal records are also used to identify possible suspects in other ongoing criminal cases. For instance, perhaps a person of interest had contact with a former friend before committing a crime. The police department will do a criminal record check on the friend to see what their criminal history looks like and if they could have been a part of the crime that just occurred.
One big aspect of criminal records is the Secure Flight endeavor. The United States keeps a list of suspected terrorists within the country and around the world and all airports have that list, called a watch list. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for the watch list and must screen every passenger booking a flight within the country to make sure their name is not on the watch list as a suspected terrorist. If they are not on the watch list, then they are allowed to board the plane. If they are on the watch list, then the United States government will remove them from the plane and begin interrogations, holding the person until further notice.
Criminal records are used to help employers, especially in the education field, to check the criminal background of potential employees before a job offer is made. Criminal records are also used to check the history of a person that has been involved in sexual crimes. All sex offenders must register with the governmental entity where they live and are entered into a national database of sex offenders, according to Megan??s Law. Before a sex offender can move into a new residence, the people in that neighborhood have a right to know, as a precaution to protecting the children living in proximity to the convicted sex offender.
Criminal records might also contain any charges filed against a person by the state or another person, including acquittals, convictions and dropped charges.
Some states offer public records databases that allow individuals to search the state??s criminal records database at no cost, or a nominal fee. However, from the comfort of your home, you can log on to the Internet and search to your heart??s content in the comfort of your pjs and, although employers and the police have search rights that don??t extend to the average citizen, you can still uncover plenty of information in your own living room.
http://www.governmentregistry.org/ is happy to help you in conducting your background investigation.