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How To Find Criminal Records

You just hired a new cashier for your business. You’ve had employees in the past that were guilty of theft and you are just not as confident in your character assessments as you were in the past.  In this day and age, it is difficult to trust people you don’t know.  What can you do?  What information is out there that will help you determine if you made the right choice?  You could go to the courthouse, search the criminal records files and maybe find something.  Many courthouses now have a data base of criminal record information, but unless you have all names to an incident or actual dates, the courthouse system will not provide you with much information.  What if there are federal charges against the individual?  State records do not provide a link to information on federal criminal records.

Criminal records contain a large amount of information, a lot of times one record provides a connection to several other records.  These records supply dates of incidents, what charges were filed, whether the individual simply paid a fine or spent actual time in jail, or both.

There are a multitude of uses for criminal record lookups, including, but not limited to, helping you to determine if you should hire a particular individual for a job or allow a particular individual to rent from you.  It can provide you with information regarding the level of violence a person will go to in order to get what they want, based on past transgressions.  Criminal public records can lead you to additional individuals associated with a specific crime, and this knowledge can possibly be an advantage in future business dealings.

Without knowing the past criminal history of employees, tenants and even businesses, you are taking a risk that can be a potentially disastrous situation, whether it be the loss of property or funds, or a violent attack, even death.  While innocence should not be doubted from the start, past experiences tend to make us believe someone is guilty until proven innocent.

As important as these records may be, it is extremely difficult to obtain the information on your own.  Simply using a search engine may lead you to newspaper articles relating to a crime, but you cannot find actual criminal court documents that will tell you what you need to know.  Looking for federal criminal records?  This search is even more difficult.

There are several websites that are dedicated to locating the information you need in order to make an informed decision.  The ease and convenience of using these websites allow you peace of mind, you will not have to delay decision making, because results are instant.  There is a cost associated with using these dedicated websites, but compared to what you could lose without this knowledge, the price is a small thing.


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