How to Check Your Criminal Public Records for Free Online

By Contributor - Updated June 15, 2017
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Most court information is public record. You can check your felony or misdemeanor convictions by visiting the court's official website in the county where you were convicted. You can also check your criminal records for free by using an online search facility such as Checking your criminal record is essential to ensure that the information contained in it reflects the truth. A mistake on your record can have serious repercussions if you're applying for housing or a job.

Review Your Public Record

Request your own criminal record by visiting the courthouse, sheriff's department or department of justice in the county where you were convicted. Some courts and agencies maintain a database of criminal convictions online that you can search by inputting your full name. Typically, the databases will show past arrests and convictions, warrants and current pending charges. Be aware that you'll be able to review only crimes committed in that county. If you have lived or stayed in a lot of places, you may have to run searches in multiple locations.

Check the Criminal Searches Website

Criminal Searches is the most comprehensive database to use in order to check you criminal public records for free. Click on the link for advanced search and type in your name and date of birth. Although date of birth is not a requirement, entering this piece of information will help the site make sure it is pulling the criminal public record for the correct person. Use the symbols that pop up next to your name to get a description of the nature of your alleged crime. Click on the view details button next to your name in order to get even more information about the public records that are on file for you. You can also use this tool to check potential employees. Sometimes even minor offenses, such as speeding tickets are noted in theses records, so it's important to keep in mind that appearing in the public records does not guarantee that someone is a criminal.

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