Who Can Check My Criminal Record?


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Aug 20, 2012
If you know you have a criminal history, you may be wondering who will have access to it. A criminal record in all states of the US is considered public record which means anyone can view and access information on your criminal history. In this day and age, with access to the internet, it is difficult to maintain a lot of privacy since most people have access to your criminal records online as well. Even those who do not have access to the internet or don’t know how to use the various search engines out there only need to take a trip to their county office and they can order your records. This is legal because all criminal records are public and a person will not need your permission to view them. The only exception is if a criminal record has been sealed by the state for some reason, but almost all criminal records are available. Another exception, in a few states, concerns the reporting of DUI offences. Now that you know your criminal record is accessible to anyone who wants to see it, you may be wondering who may look at your record. The most common reasons for looking at someone’s criminal record is for the purpose of employment, volunteering, housing like apartments, colleges and universities and other entities. These entities can legally make decisions on things like offering you a job, renting an apartment to you and allowing admission to a college program based on this information. They are legally within their rights to deny you for any of these things based on the information that is contained within your criminal record as well. For people who know they have a criminal record, it may be a good idea to get a background check done on yourself so you will know what potential employers, landlords and others will be able to see concerning your past. Usually there is just a small fee in order to do this, you can do it online and will get your results very quickly in most cases, especially if you are working with a professional company with a strong presence in the background check industry. Finally, when applying for a job, school or living situation, it is important that you disclose your background information up front. You will have a much better chance of getting the job, admission or apartment if you are honest about your background, even if you have a criminal history. Employers will see you as sneaky or untrustworthy if you do not reveal your criminal information. Depending on what it is, many entities will question you about the information, but if you are honest and upfront about it, as well as express remorse, you will likely not be denied due to this information. Being prepared with the information that is on your own background check and knowing what the expectations are will help you gauge your chances of getting a job, admission or residence when it comes to having a criminal background. BackgroundChecks.com is the leader in background check and employment screening. We maintain the largest Criminal Records database with 345 million criminal records nationwide. Share Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share on identica Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser