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Until you try out a public records investigation site you won’t believe how easy it is to find arrest records, criminal records, arrest warrants and many other things about people very easily. If you don’t take advantage of this wealth of information that’s available to you whenever you meet someone new or even deal with someone you know already then you are missing an opportunity to protect yourself. You can’t afford not to be careful about your friends, the people that surround you at work, your dates, people who do work for you. Even the casual acquaintance could be a risk to you. Anyone you know or meet could have a criminal record or there might be an arrest warrant out on them for something.
Before you hire someone to do some work for you make sure that you check to see if there are any arrest records or criminal records associated with the person. If you are hiring for your employer then you have a duty to the organization that you work for too. If you have found a new love and are thinking about getting more involved with them then you owe it to yourself to make sure that you understand this person’s background. Finding the truth before you get in too deep could save your a lot of pain down the line.
But wait - An arrest record does not make someone a criminal
You should be careful not to make too many assumptions until you know the whole truth. Just because someone has been arrested at some point in their life doesn’t mean that they are a criminal. People get arrest warrants for all sorts of things and thousands of people get arrested every day. Arrest warrants are usually out of your control and getting arrested because the police think that you might have done something wrong does not make you a criminal. Be careful not to jump to conclusions too quickly. Find out all the facts first.
Having said all that, everyone that gets convicted had to be arrested in the first place. So if you find out that someone has an arrest record then you have a good reason to investigate further. It could have been nothing, just a mistake even. But it might have been something more.
National searches for arrest records
You can, if you have the time and patience, do a nationwide search for arrest records by making an enquiry at every court in the country. Given that there are literally thousands of courts, this is a practical impossibility. So how do you look up someone’s arrest records?
What can you do if you can’t check out every court in the country? The best that you can do is to take reasonable care when you search someone’s background. You must try as hard as you reasonably can to find the records that you need.
Checking with an arrest records public web site is a simple and easy thing to do. Public records databases can be found online and they offer you their arrest records and other data in an easily searchable format. The information in these databases has been collected over many years from all sorts of publicly available sources. Online and offline sources are used and assimilated and added to daily. You can do an investigation using these web sites because of the public records they contain and you can do a nationwide warrant or record search. Sometimes the public records site may not be as up to date as the records in the actual courts but it’s not bad and it does give you the opportunity to to check in many different areas at once and do it very quickly.
If you do find something on the public records site that gives you cause for concern then you might want to do a more targeted search by using the courts themselves. Find out where the person has lived and worked over the past 7 years. When you know that information you can apply in just the courts in the areas where the person spent most of their time.
You can never be absolutely certain that someone doesn’t have an arrest record but you can use these guidelines to satisfy yourself that you have taken all reasonable precautions.
Author: Steve Gee
The information below is not legal advice. Be sure to contact a local criminal defense attorney or attorney referral service to be referred to a croiminal defense attorney in your area.
If you are a law-abiding citizen, your chances of being arrested are slight. It is important, though, that you know “Your Rights If Arrested.” An informed and alert individual is the best guarantee that your rights will be upheld during a criminal or DUI arrest.
The basic rights of a citizen under arrest are stated in the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments of the “Bill of Rights” of the United States Constitution.
– “No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law . . .” (Fifth Amendment).
– “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury . . . and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” (Sixth Amendment).
– “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor shall cruel and unusual punishments be inflicted.” (Eighth Amendment).
Since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, the states have also had to guarantee these rights. This amendment provides: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of the citizens of the United States . . .”
Many of the provisions found in the “Bill of Rights” of the U.S. Constitution also appear in the “Bill of Rights” of the Illinois Constitution. The following discussion is based upon both constitutions and upon other laws governing the citizens of this state.
WHO CAN MAKE A CRIMINAL ARREST:
Any law enforcement officer such as a policeman, sheriff, deputy sheriff or state trooper can make a lawful arrest. The arrest may be made with a warrant or, under certain circumstances, without a warrant.
A warrant is an order describing the person to be arrested and the charge made; it is issued by a magistrate or judge upon the complaint of someone. It directs all law enforcement officers of the state or, in some cases, authorizes a private person by name to arrest the person named in the complaint. The arrested person is to be brought before the Court issuing the warrant or, if that is not possible, before the most accessible Court in the same county.
A law enforcement officer must have a warrant for your arrest unless one of the following circumstances exists:
* The law enforcement officer has reasonable ground to believe that a warrant for your arrest has been issued in this state or in another jurisdiction.
* You committed or attempted to commit a crime in the presence of the officer.
* The officer has reasonable ground to believe both that a crime has been committed and that you are the person who committed it.
CITIZEN’S CRIMINAL ARREST:
A private citizen may make an arrest under certain circumstances. The law permits a citizen to detain, or place under arrest a person who commits or attempts to commit a criminal offense in his presence other than an ordinance violation. All the person making the arrest has to do is prevent the accused from leaving. He may take the person by the arm and say something like, “Stop. I’m holding you for the police.”
WHAT NOT TO DO IF FOR A CRIMINAL ACT:
Do not resist a law enforcement officer who attempts to arrest you - even if you are innocent. The fact that you are innocent will not make the arrest illegal if the officer’s action conformed to the requirements of a legal arrest as stated above.
If the arrest is legal and you resist, you may be guilty of the crime of resisting lawful arrest. If the arrest is illegal, you are entitled to bring an action against the law enforcement officer for false arrest.
It is best not to resist a citizen’s arrest, although you can’t be prosecuted for resisting arrest. You may be found guilty of assault and battery.
The person making a citizen’s arrest cannot be liable for damages for false arrest if he had reasonable ground for believing a crime had taken place and you are the person who committed it.
Do not resist a law officer’s attempt to search or “frisk” you. It is legal for an arresting officer to search your person and the area in your immediate presence.
Even if he does not arrest you, an officer - after identifying himself - may stop you in any public place if he has reason to believe that you have committed, are committing or are about to commit a crime. He may demand your name and address and an explanation of your actions. If he reasonably suspects that he or another is in danger of being attacked, he may search you for weapons.
YOUR RIGHTS AFTER ARREST
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that as soon as you are taken into custody you must be informed of the following:
1. You have a Constitutional right to remain silent.
2. Anything you say can be held against you.
3. You have the right to legal counsel and that if you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you.
4. If you choose, you may have a lawyer present during interrogation.
In addition to advising you of your rights, the arresting authorities must respect your rights. For example, you cannot legally be required or forced by a police officer or any one else to talk, to answer questions, or sign any papers. If by threats, by persistent questioning or other means of coercion, you are forced to give incriminating information, you can prevent its use against you in court.
Within a reasonable time after you have been taken into custody, you have a right to make a reasonable number of telephone calls or otherwise communicate with an attorney of your choice and a member of your family. If you are transferred to a new place of custody, this right of communication is renewed. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must be informed without delay of your right to contact your local consulate or embassy. Consular officials may visit you, help you arrange for legal representation, and contact your family.
You have a right to an itemized receipt for all money and property taken from your person after you are taken into custody.
You have a right to be “booked” within a reasonable period of time. “Booking” is the entry of a charge against you in a record called the “arrest book” or “police blotter.”
Should your detention go beyond a reasonable period of time without booking (more than several hours or perhaps overnight), your attorney may go to a judge and obtain a writ of habeas corpus. This is a Court order instructing the police to bring you before the Court so that a judge may decide whether you are being held lawfully.
OBTAINING RELEASE ON BAIL
You have a right to apply for and post bail as a means of obtaining your release from custody. The Court will normally set bail, even with a charge of murder or other serious crimes, unless the proof is evident or the presumption is great that the person is guilty of the crime.
Bail is the money or other security you deposit with the Court as an assurance that you will appear for trial. The Court will accept property (real estate) as bail provided certain detailed conditions are fulfilled.
YOU MAY WANT TO CONTACT A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY TO DISCUSS:
If there is a warrant for your arrest, the amount of bail will be stated on the warrant. For certain minor offenses the amount of bail is fixed by a judge and you have a right to be brought before a judge for that purpose at the next regular Court session. Or, you may be released on your own recognizance - that is, your own word that you will keep your date in Court.
YOUR RIGHTS IN COURT
You have a right to a reasonable time to prepare a defense before being tried in Court. Whether or not you declined your right to be represented by counsel during police interrogation, you have the right to be represented by counsel in Court. You are entitled to a reasonable time to obtain a lawyer of your own choosing. If you want a lawyer and cannot afford one, the Court must appoint one to defend you.
You are entitled to know the charge against you and to have, without cost, a copy of the formal paper that contains the charge.
CONTACT A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY TO DISCUSS YOUR RIGHTS:
You are entitled to plead “not guilty.” If you do so you will be tried by an impartial jury unless you specifically waive your right to a jury trial.
You are not required to testify if you do not wish to do so. If you do not testify, neither the judge nor the jury can consider your silence as evidence of guilt. In the eyes of the law you are innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the evidence presented in Court.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, the judge must inform you, before accepting a guilty plea, that a criminal conviction could result in immigration consequences, including immigration detention (custody) and deportation from the United States.
How you plead and whether you testify are vitally important questions and you should have the advice of a criminal defense attorney/ lawyer. An attorney referral service can be a good source for helpin you loocate a criminal defense attorney quickly.
If you have questions about the application of the law in a particular case, consult a criminal defense lawyer. The law is constantly changing.
About the Author
Lisa Spitzer, CSW, MSW, CRC, is the energy behind AAA Attorney Referral Service. Lisa is a graduate of NYU School of Social Work and consulted at psychiatric, geriatric and physically disabled facilities for 10 years. She also did an undergraduate internship at a facility for the criminally insane and family court in downtown Brooklyn. Lisa Spitzer worked as a director of a geriatric facility for 3 years. Ms. Spitzer understands the frustrations of crisis situations. Life has become so complex that virtually everyone needs to consult with a lawyer at some time. In short, a well-chosen lawyer can be one of your greatest assets. Ms Spitzer is the owner of aaa attorney referral service. criminaldefensenetwork.org aaaattorneyreferralservice.com
You’ve just met someone fresh, or you’ve just found out that your son or daughter is going to get married to someone that you don’t know very well. Maybe you need to hire a carer for your brood, or you have a new boarder for a house that you own. These individuals all appear great, but you can never know for sure what lies under the surface. It’s time for you to check out arrest records public and free information that is available to you.
Knowing if this new character in your life is doing nicely is significant. Sad as it might be, there are folks who may not have such a wonderful past and that might make a big difference to you. You might imagine that it’s not feasible to get background information on others. It is, and it’s not difficult either. You can find out about nearly anyone’s arrest records - and they can seek and find out if you have an arrest record, too - for free. Click here to check warrants for arrest
An arrest record is usually public except if the court has sealed the record. This is not normal. In most cases, if someone has been arrested for something, whether it’s a serious offense or not, the record of that arrest is open for you and anybody else to view. If you are acquainted with where to look for free public arrest records, they can turn out to be a massive help when you’re trying to make valuable personal and business decisions. Arrest records public and free can come from many different sources.
Your district police department can provide you with arrest records, and so can your county and state police organizations, as well as other law enforcement agencies. Each law enforcement agency will have a different system for you to search out arrest records, but because these records are public, you do have a right to use to them.
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Because the world is becoming more connected every day, folks are far more mobile than they used to be and practically all of the information about arrest records, court records and more is at our fingertips on the internet, there is no reason that you should put off looking for the arrest records public and free on anyone that you need to know more about.Find arrest warrants now
Author: Steve Gee
There seems to be a growing culture amongst law enforcement agencies to collect DNA from everyone that they can. This is being made possible in more and more areas by laws which allow DNA to be taken and stored from anyone who gets arrested. If you think that you might have an active arrest warrant somewhere then you would be wise to check and if you have one get it dealt with as soon as you can. If you don’t get arrested then you won’t be forced to donate your DNA.
“Why is this such a big deal?” I hear you ask. Isn’t it a good thing that DNA information is available to the police so that they can identify more suspects in crimes? On the face of it you would be right. Using DNA matching techniques investigators are able to eliminate suspects where the DNA does not match. They can also search the ever growing database of DNA samples to find suspects that would otherwise go undetected even when decades have passed since the crime was committed.
When used responsibly by professional investigators, DNA matching can be a very powerful ally to law enforcement but can you trust this kind of technological power to the people who run our justice systems? A recent case in the UK would suggest that you can not. A man was convicted for a rape 16 years before when the only real evidence presented was a DNA match. While the DNA made the defendant a suspect it certainly did not prove guilt and yet the jury saw fit to convict.
So my advice is to go out of your way to avoid getting yourself arrested. One way to help you do this and keep your DNA to yourself is to regularly check your warrants for arrest and deal with them before the police get around to acting on it.
There is more about DNA matching and the UK court case in the article Check Warrants For Arrest And Don’t Get Arrested
Warrants for arrest are something that you don’t want but sometimes it’s difficult to avoid getting one. When you do get a warrant it’s in your interest to get something done about it as soon as possible so you need to do arrest warrants searches regularly. If you do an arrest warrant check on yourself at least once a month then you should have time to deal with any that crop up before you get arrested.
If your warrant search doesn’t turn up any active results then you will have the peace of mind that will let you sleep easy. Remember that even the most law abiding people can accidentally commit a motoring offence or even get their identity stolen by a criminal who goes on a crime-spree in your name.
The best way to stay on top of this problem is to subscribe to a public records background service. By paying a monthly membership fee you can do as many free arrest warrant searches as you want. You can do them any time you want and on any one you want.
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The police don’t have to prove that you’ve committed a crime - they only have to think that you have before applying for an arrest warrant from a Judge. The judge will want to see some evidence to support the police suspicions but that’s all. Most people think that you must do something illegal before you get an arrest warrant but that’s not strictly true. The police could come for you at any time, whether or not you’re a criminal. Click here for an easy way to check for arrest warrants.
Have you forgotten to go to court when you should have done? Did you forget to send proof that you did that community service to the court? If you have then the court may have issued a bench warrant for your arrest. If you have any kind of outstanding active warrant then the police will be after you sooner or later.
If you don’t know what a Bench Warrant is then read this: What Is An Arrest Warrant?
Don’t ignore an arrest warrant
If the cops have to come and arrest you then your record will show that the police had to chase you down to serve the warrant on you. this won’t look good for you when you get to court. The judge is human after all so he or she will be influenced by the fact that you didn’t come into court voluntarily. You can’t afford to ignore an arrest warrant even if you don’t know that you have one.
It’s not as uncommon as you might think for there to be warrants that you don’t know about. It happens quite a lot. Did you fail to pay a fine or did you shoot through a speed trap? Perhaps you’ve gotten your identity stolen and someone has been committed some crimes for you. Just think about that for a moment, it is possible to get arrested for something someone else did while they were impersonating you.
It’s so much better if you give yourself up instead of waiting to get arrested
What do you think that the judge will think? Will he or she be inclined to treat you better if your record shows that you voluntarily handed yourself in as soon as you found out that you had an arrest warrant? I’m betting that this would be true even with the most impartial judges. It’s just human nature after all.
Check yourself out for active arrest warrants, engage a lawyer and give yourself up as soon as possible if you have one.
Find out if you have warrants of arrest in less than 10 minutes
There is a very simple and effective way to check for warrants. You can now use an online web site that specializes in public records. It collects and organizes billions of records from many different databases. You can search for your own arrest warrants or warrants on anyone else you might want to check out.
Don’t ever ask a cop if there’s an arrest warrant out on you
If a police officer finds a warrant of arrest for you then he is likely arrest you right there. The last thing you want to do if you think that you might have a warrant, is to ask a cop to look it up for you. If you get arrested then you’ve blown what chance you might have had to do something about it before you get arrested.
Perhaps you forgot to pay a fine? Did you even know that you had a fine? Have you been driving too fast and picked up a ticket? You might have forgotten to go to court or failed to do some community service. You might have had your identity stolen and someone else has committed a crime while impersonating you.
Are you a victim of criminal identity theft?
If someone robs you of your identity it’s called identity theft. If someone steals your identity and then commits a crime pretending to be you then it’s called criminal identity theft. If this has happened to you then you could have arrest warrants in states all over the country for offences you didn’t commit and you won’t have any idea that they even exist. This is not a good place to be in and it’s completely out of your control.
Getting your identity stolen is a terrible thing to happen to you. Victims will tell you that the longer it goes unnoticed then the worse your experience will be. Criminal identity thieves can suck your savings dry, obtain documents and commit many crimes in your name without you knowing a thing unless you’re constantly on the look out for signs that something might be wrong. Checking for any arrest warrants is one thing that you can do to help discover that your identity has been stolen.
Enquire at courthouses
If you have an idea of where your warrants might have been issued then you can go to the courthouse and enquire about them. If you have no idea where the warrants could be then you have a problem because you won’t know which courthouse to go to. You can’t try them all can you? If you’ve had your identity stolen then you might have warrants all over the place.
Why not use an online public records database instead
Luckily there are specialist web sites on the Internet that are very good at finding background information such as active arrest warrants. They get their data from thousands of different public and private records databases and then make them all available to you at the click of a button. It doesn’t come any easier than this.
Read this review of a great online investigation web site: Absolutely Free Background Checks - Court Records or Inteligator
There are many ways that you can find out whether you have an arrest warrant including asking a police officer. That is if you don’t mind getting arrested on the spot when the officer finds one. You can go and ask at the courthouse but you might have a warrant somewhere else. You can’t visit them all can you? The easiest and quickest way to search for your warrants for arrest is to use an online public records database.
Checking for arrest warrants is something you should be doing regularly because you could pick one up at any time. The Inteligator web site is perfect for this because you don’t have to pay for each and every warrant search you do. Instead you pay a small monthly fee which allows you to do as many arrest warrant searches, background checks, criminal records checks and other searches as you want to. You can check out as many people as you want to as often as you want to.
You can have a lot of fun checking out your friends and family as well as doing background checks on your latest dates and people you might hire to do work for you.
For more information about this online public records service see my Inteligator Review.
If you’re prepared to do a bit of legwork it is possible to search free arrest warrants but you may not find what you’re looking for. Here are some suggestions that might help.
If you think that you might have an arrest warrant locally because you know that you’ve done something that might result in one then you’re problem is a simple one. You can go and visit the courthouse or wherever they keep records in your area and ask. They will tell you if there are any warrants that you need to worry about.
If you are lucky enough to live somewhere where the records are kept online and publicly accessible then you might be able to do the search online for free without the need to visit the office personally.
If you are looking to see if someone else has a warrant in your area then you can try the same approach but be prepared to justify why you want to look up warrants for someone else. They might ask and they might not.
But what if you want to find out if you have warrants in another state? If you have an idea of where they might be then you can visit the records office in that area or their web site if they have one. If you don’t know where the warrants might be then you’ve got a bigger problem.
You might think that there isn’t any point in checking for warrants in places where you’ve never been but what if someone has stolen your identity and committed some crime in a different state? How are you ever going to find that without waiting for the police to knock at your door?
If you want to find out about any warrants that might exist anywhere in the country for you. Or warrants for someone else before you employ or marry them then you should consider spending a small amount of cash to do a comprehensive background check on them.
You can do a background check for arrest warrants which will search public records for the whole country in less than 10 minutes and it’s completely confidential. You can check out anyone you like and find out a lot more information about them than simply their arrest warrant history.
What is an arrest warrant and why you should care
Checking for arrest warrants is one of the most important background checks you will ever do on yourself, or on anyone else. If you’ve got a warrant for arrest and you choose to ignore it then you could find yourself with a hefty debt or in jail. So what exactly is an arrest warrant?
There’s two forms of warrant that can get you arrested. There are Bench Warrants and Arrest Warrants. Arrest Warrants are issued by a court when the police present adequate evidence that you might have committed a crime. Bench Warrants on the other hand are issued by the court when you fail to do something that the court has instructed you to do like pay a fine, do community service or even just turn up on time. Find out more about what arrest warrants are in the article What Is An Arrest Warrant
Being aware of arrest warrants when they’re issued is very important and could save you a lot of money or even prevent you getting thrown into jail. The first thing you should do is find out if you have a warrant for your arrest. You can find that out here Court Records If you do have one then you should get yourself a lawyer as soon as possible and arrange to hand yourself in.
The trick is to give yourself up to the court before the police come looking for you. It will be the difference between walking into court voluntarily and being dragged in handcuffed by the police. Which of these two scenarios do you think will gain you the most sympathy and favourable treatment from the court?
Don’t waste time, check for arrest warrants now and make sure that you check regularly in the future.
If you think that you might have a warrant for arrest then you need to find out for certain because if you wait until the police come and arrest you then you will find yourself in a much worse situation than if you had turned yourself in voluntarily.
You might have warrants for arrest out on you and be totally unaware of the fact. They might be the result of speeding offences, unpaid fines or you forgot to turn up in court when you were supposed to. You might even have warrants for things you didn’t do if someone has stolen your identity and committed the crimes in your name.
There are at least four ways to find out if you have a warrant for arrest. You can ask a police officer if you don’t mind getting arrested if they find one. You can ask at the courthouse if you know where the warrants might be. You can wait for the police to knock at your door but I don’t advise that.
The easiest and most effective way to find out if you have warrants for arrest is to subscribe to an online public database service like Court Records This service is very affordable and it allows you to do as many searches for warrants on yourself or anyone else you want. It’s simple, convenient and confidential.
For more information about arrest warrants take a look at the article How Do I Check For Arrest Warrants?