How to Find My Police Charges

By Harper Evan Nelson
Obtain a report of your criminal history.

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To find all of the charges on your record, you are going to have to look up your criminal history. Each state has their own criminal history procedures, so it is important to find out the local law in your jurisdiction. In Pennsylvania, for example, all you have to do it input a few biographical details in the state police website and it will generate a criminal history check based on your information. The most important thing to remember is that in order to have a comprehensive list of all charges, you will need to get multiple background checks for each state and federal authority with which you have had criminal contact.

How to Find Your Police Charges

Make a list of all the states in which you might have had an encounter with authorities. This could include places that you have lived before or places that you visited.

Look up the criminal history guidelines for all of those states. Both Pennsylvania and Arizona have easy-to-use websites that allow you to look up your criminal history. Most states simply require your full name and some biographical detail, such as your date of birth, race and gender. However, it will be different for each jurisdiction. Follow directions and you will receive a comprehensive list of your charges for each state.

Get an FBI clearance. It is very important background check in terms of finding all of your charges because it also looks at your fingerprints and concentrates on federal law enforcement. Contact the FBI for more questions and to find an approved local fingerprint checkpoint in your area at the following address:

Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Correspondence Unit 1000 Custer Hollow Road Clarksburg, WV 26306 304-625-3878

About the Author

Harper Evan Nelson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in American culture. He began writing in high school for the school paper and has pursued an interesting and ever-changing writing career along with his other professional pursuits, mostly writing for local community journals and activist-oriented newspapers.

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