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In the SearchQuarry.com member’s area you will find our “Criminal Records” section, and our arrest records search is in that section. Other criminal records searches include warrant records, court records, sex offenders, inmate records, and jail records. You can search our criminal records database by using a first name, last name, and choosing a state. Other searches available in the member's area include birth records, death records, marriage records, divorce records, driving records, vehicle records, people search, and phone number lookups.

Are Arrest Records a Public Record?

The answer to this question depends on which state actually filed the charges. Some states automatically delete and destroy any arrest records on individuals who were not convicted of a charge following an arrest. Sometimes individuals are detained but never officially arrested, usually due to the fact that the officer could not find probable cause after an investigation. In most instances, individuals are not detained unless an officer thinks they can find probable cause through a warrant or if they believe the individual has crucial information regarding a crime. Even persons who have knowledge of a crime can be suspected of involvement as an accomplice. Law enforcement officials regularly use this option to file charges and arrest the suspected informant, even when the chance they would be acquitted is high. And, sometimes this involvement will at least generate an arrest record.

Public Record Checks
There is a difference between background checks and criminal history reports. Background checks can include every legal action by an individual, such as getting married or divorced and filing bankruptcy. If there has been an action involving a court, then there is an activity record on file. Criminal records are usually termed as a criminal history and will list any interaction with law officials from the very beginning of an investigation. Even a police report can list specific names. However, these records are not necessarily reported instances and will not show up on a criminal history report unless an arrest was processed. Arrest records are considered criminal reports and will be included in any criminal history unless the record has been sealed from public availability by a judge. 

Sealing an Arrest Record
Some states will allow the record of an arrest to remain on a criminal history until the defendant can petition the court for concealment. This is a standard legal procedure, also known as "expunging" the record. All records for an arrest that do not lead to a conviction are eligible for expungement, and sometimes even the conviction record itself can be expunged when the case qualifies according to state rules. Expungements cannot be applied over an entire arrest history, even when an individual has been arrested but not convicted on multiple occasions. Each charge or arrest record must be evaluated individually. And remember, even sealed records can be viewed by state officials and staff in certain government agencies. The rules can be tricky, and it is usually vital to have an experienced criminal defense attorney handling any expungement request because of the chance for denial by the court. 

Probably the most damage an arrest record can do for an individual who was not convicted is send a questionable signal to a potential employer. An arrest record alone is not a sufficient reason for a prospective employer to deny employment, but there is a wide range of other reasons an employer can use to decline a job application. The best action to take when a previous arrest may be a problem is consulting with an expungement attorney for a full evaluation of the chance that an arrest record can be removed from public view.

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