How to Search Arrest Records Online

By Contributor - Updated March 23, 2017

Wondering how to find out if someone was arrested? Online arrest records are available for free. Here is a step by step guide on how to search public arrest records for free.

Make sure you have the correct name and spelling of the person that's record you are searching for. Many people go by an alias or nickname. The last thing you want to do is confuse the person your looking for with someone else.

Head to criminalsearches.com. This site allows you to search public arrest records for free. All you need is the person's first and last name. If you know the state they reside in it will also help narrow down the results. The arrest records will indicate whether the offense is violent, traffic, theft/robbery, business, or drug and alcohol related. If you wish to go into more depth (case number, details) you will be required to pay an extra fee.

Search the internet by putting the person's name in quotations into any search engine. Sometimes police arrest records are posted in the city's newspaper and posted on the internet.

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