Massachusetts criminal records are the history of the crimes you’ve been arrested for or convicted of in a courtroom, traffic citations and police records. Every time you’ve been in trouble, there is a record of that in a database accessible by Massachusetts law enforcement agencies as well as anyone who does a background check.
What Is In A Massachusetts Criminal Records
A criminal record can have basic information that identifies you like your legal name, date of birth and driver’s license number. It’ll include a history of where you’ve lived throughout your life as well as any distinguishing marks that will identify you like tattoos or scars.
Along with personal identifying characteristics, it’ll include arrests, warrants and convictions. If you’ve spent time incarcerated, that information will be available on your criminal record. It can include list of relatives and known associates in the event that an arrest warrant is issued for you.
Your criminal record can include arrests for traffic violations or misdemeanors like shoplifting, reckless driving, disorderly conduct or trespassing. Along with small misdemeanors, your record will include serious felony conviction too.
Anyone can access your criminal record. They’ll need to have information about you like your social security number
or they can hire a professional to access your records in their place.
There are certain people who will have an interest in your record over others like landlords, banks for loans and employers.
There is no universal database for your Massachusetts criminal record. It’s kept in the city, state or federal system where you saw the convictions or arrests. Felonies might be reported to the FBI but small convictions and arrests are not.
You’ll need to contact the Massachusetts Department of Justice, State Police or local police in your city to obtain your record. You’ll need to present identification and fill out forms to request information.
If you’re performing background checks on someone for employment or renting purposes, you’ll have to ensure that you’re going through the proper channels to do your check. If you deny a person based on a background check without using the proper channels for the request, you could get into trouble.
When looking into someone’s background for personal reasons, you can use a variety of services online like a simple Google search or check the local court for information. Most court information is available to the public.
For those who are checking the background of a potential roommate, you could ask for them to provide a background check on themselves. This will help you find out about them while avoiding paying fees or hiring a professional. That wouldn’t be possible with a potential date though.
When you’re doing your own background checks, make sure you’ve found the right person. Verify it’s the right person before acting on the information you’ve found.