What Are Criminal Records and what do they
An online background check is an easy way to find out if someone has a criminal record. However, not all crimes
are alike. Here are some of the definitions of the types of criminal records:
Misdemeanor Crime Check. These crimes include
shoplifting, harassing phone calls, traffic offenses and in most states, DUI. Most misdemeanors will not result
in major jail time unless the offender has a prior criminal record. In some states, misdemeanors are not part of
a person's criminal record.
Felony Crime Search. This is a very broad
category that includes everything from murder to felony drug possession. If you are conducting an online
background check and all you see is "felony arrest," you need to dig deeper. There is a big difference between
crimes rape and theft or drug possession and aggravated assault.
Search. In some jurisdictions, minor traffic violations such as
speeding, failure to yield or running a red light are not listed on a person's criminal record. If the traffic
violation resulted in a wreck or death, most states will include them.
listings. In the late 90s, most states established a sex offender
registry. The FBI also has a national sex offender registry. These registries list the person's name, current
address, the crime and their picture. If a person is listed on the registry, this will be revealed in an online
Parole and Probation
violations Search. While these violations may seem similar,
they are very different. If a person has served time in prison, he or she is released on parole with conditions.
If that person violates those conditions, he or she is sent back to prison. Probation is a sentence in lieu of
local jail time or prison. The person must also adhere to certain restrictions or be sent to prison.
Arrest Records are
available for only some states. The record will show the offense type, offense description, disposition date,
conviction date, fine amounts, possible photos, arrest jurisdiction and other information.
Conviction Record is
defined as information indicating that a person has been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor or other offense,
has been judged delinquent, has been less than honorably discharged, or has been placed on probation, fined,
imprisoned or paroled by any law enforcement or military authority.
Inmate Records are
derived from U.S. Federal and State prisons. Reports can include information on an individual's probation and
parole and give active or inactive status within a state facility. The report will also show the offense
description, time served, sex, age, release date, location and more.
Arrests and Warrants
Misdemeanors and Felonies
Convictions and Incarcerations
DUIs and Criminal Driving Violations
Distinguishing Bodily Marks
Criminal's Height, Weight and Hair Color
Mug shots When Available
Offense Information and Fines Paid
Sex Offender Records
Federal and State Inmate Records
Relatives and Associates
Reverse Phone Search
Felonies and Convictions
Alias and Date of Birth