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A National Criminal Background Check is not the same as a Federal Court Search

Today a national criminal background check includes felony and misdemeanor conviction records from county and state courts.  Currently there are 46 US States that are included in CriminalBackgroundRecords.com instant national background check.

The Federal search that is also offered by the site pulls criminal records from the Federal court system.  A Federal search involves some manual labor and therefore cannot be completed instantly as a national background check can.

A national background check is simply the combination of 46 separate statewide criminal background checks.  As such, the national background check can retrieve criminal records from a long time back, sometimes decades old if one of the states it includes in its search has criminal history records that are stored from that far back and are available for instant online gateway retrieval.

The Federal Search only goes back 7 years except for a few Federal Courts that don’t even go back that far, however there are well over 300 Federal Courts so only 1% of them do not allow CriminalBackgroundRecords.com  to go back 7+ years.  Even though the Federal search is not instant, most Federal search requests take less than 1 business day to complete.

Full article: National Criminal Background Check verse Federal Court Search

New Background Check System

Criminal Record Report Retrieval and Display Upgrades Makes Ordering Online more Efficient and Safer

Users of online criminal background check ordering now have more reason to use CriminalBackgroundRecords.com.  The site has improved its processing of background check requests while increasing overall ordering security.

New Background Check SystemCriminal search results now use the Department of Justice’s new JXDM standard for formatting of criminal rap sheets.  That gives customers of the site more data elements within their returned criminal background check results.  Basing the new background check retrieval system on this newly standardized criminal report formatting gives users more robust search results.

Adding measures increasing FCRA compliance of the sites employment screening customers demonstrates the sites willingness to comply with current laws surrounding the proper use of public records such as criminal records.  By leaving behind old technology and implementing new cutting edge technology the site has positioned itself as the leader in the online background check industry.

Full article:  New Background Check System

Personal Background Check

Personal Criminal Background Checks

The reasons for performing an online criminal background check on oneself.

For the purposes of this article when we use the phrase personal background check or self-background check we mean personal criminal background check or self-criminal background check.  A personal criminal background check is when an individual person places an order for a criminal background check on themselves.  An example of why someone would order a personal background check is simple.  If someone just had their criminal record expunged for instance and wanted to pull their criminal record online to verify that is was no longer available, they would do this with an online criminal background check provider like CriminalBackgroundRecords.com.

Some people are simply unsure of whether or not they have a criminal record on file.  They may have been arrested in the past or went to court for a crime committed, but were unsure of how the court system works/worked or if they were ever found guilty of anything that may be considered a criminal record.  In this case they are just looking to see what, if anything is out there on them.  These are prime examples of why people perform personal background checks.

Placing an order for a personal background check on CriminalBackgroundRecords.com is easier than you might think.  You do not have to wait days or weeks for your order results; they are returned instantly for 46 of the 50 U.S. states.
Performing a self background check and discovering your own criminal history record is only one example of when pulling a criminal background check makes sense. Two other examples of criminal background check uses are Tenant Screening and Employment Screening. Tenant Screening is when a landlord or property manager conducts a background check on a prospective tenant. Employment Screening is when an employer performs a background check before hiring a new employee. Both tenant screening and employment screening can save a company from big headaches including monetary and legal costs.

About Criminal Background Records .com:
Criminal Background Records .com is a part of the Information Enterprises network (www.informationenterprises.com) and has partners all across the country working to ensure that its records are of equal or superior quality to any other criminal provider in the country. With a seasoned executive team, CriminalBackgroundRecords.com gets you the data you need, delivered electronically, right when you need it. The site empowers its customers by offering a convenient method to retrieving critical information that is not always easy to obtain. Criminal Background Records .com does this for you very quickly at an extremely affordable price.

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Criminal Records Expungement

The role, process and reasons for expungement within the criminal background check industry,
along with why it uses and needs the criminal record expungement option.

An expungement proceeding is a legal action in which someone with a criminal conviction record gets approved by a court judge to have their criminal record sealed or destroyed.  The current dictionary definition of an expungement is “The process by which record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed after the expiration of time.”

There is not one universal way to get criminal conviction records expunged.  The laws surrounding expunging records from file are different from state to state and jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  The process itself is not a criminal proceeding, but a civil action where the person wishing to eliminate a certain criminal record goes before a judge as the plaintiff, and then makes a request for their criminal record to be removed as a public record.  Even if the request is granted the criminal record in question would still exist to certain government eyes, but would no longer be of public record.  To the person getting the expungement, they can go on as if the criminal record never existed and legally does not have to tell any future employer or anyone else about the expunged criminal record.  Criminal records are indeed public records as criminals are not a protected class and their criminal activity (crimes for which they have been convicted of in a court of law) remains available to the general public.

Most often, once a criminal record is sealed or expunged, all records relating to the court case get removed from public record.  In many instances online criminal data providers may still show expunged records in their repositories.  They do of course (by law) have to delete these records, but must be given notice first.  After a judge has formally expunged a criminal record on an individual, that person can then legally deny or fail to acknowledge ever having been convicted with that crime.  This means that the person whose record is expunged can treat the event as if it never occurred.

Eligibility for an expungement of a criminal conviction record is based on the current law of the jurisdiction/court in which the criminal record was created. The person to whom the criminal record is attached to is usually the only one that can petition for an expungement. In order to qualify for consideration of an expungement the individual in question must meet certain conditions before a formal hearing can take place.   Here are some general conditions usually in place in any US State or jurisdiction:

  • The seriousness of the offense convicted of and the type of offense committed (felony vs. misdemeanor etc.)
  • Completing satisfactorily the terms of any previous sentence
  • The amount of past incidents that are on your file
  • You must have completed all probation requirements without any incidents
  • Satisfying a certain waiting period between the incident and expungement
  • Cannot have any incidents that interfere or intersect with the criminal record in question
  • Cannot have any other ongoing or pending criminal investigations or proceedings at the time of request

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com gets requests all the time asking to remove criminal conviction records from its system and to permanently delete them from all source data feeds containing the criminal record.  CriminalBackgroundRecords.com always complies with these requests as long as they are backed up with the appropriate legal documents.  Only a United States judge can grant an expungement.

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Feel Safe running a Criminal Background Check on CriminalBackgroundRecords.com

Our Security Features and Why our Clients Trust Us.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com has been conducting criminal background checks over the Internet for over 7 years and has never had a breach in its security safeguards.  Not only is our transactional information encrypted and kept confidential, we also implement third party solutions to further enhance our overall security efforts.

We also have in place the following Security Safeguards:

  • We have been a long time user of Scan Alert’s Hacker Safe product; (recently changed to McAfee SECURE). This product helps us protect our customers from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams.  Our site is tested and certified every day to make sure we pass the rigorous McAfee Secure Security Scan.  You will notice the active McAfee Secure logo on our homepage along with today’s date, this shows that the site has passed all security tests as of today.
  • We encrypt the information captured and transferred over the Internet on our site.  We have a GeoTrust Secure Site Seal on our site indicating that the information you send to this site is secured using SSL encryption — the industry standard method for safely transferring information over the Internet.
  • Firewalls (both software & hardware).  Sensitive data like our customers personally identifiable information is kept secure and confidential and only released for billing and other functions necessary for fulfilling your background check search request.
  • Trust.  We are an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We have been a member since 2002.  Currently our BBB Rating is A+ (the highest possible ranking).
  • Internal Procedures.  Limitations on personnel password access to our servers, databases and other critical systems are strictly enforced.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com is serious when it comes to securing and protecting the data sent to and from its website.  CriminalBackgroundRecords.com feels the best way to protect its customer’s online identity is by protecting the information they enter on the site including their personally identifiable information. Due to the sensitive nature of the information captured and sent on CriminalBackgroundRecords.com, all transactions are stored in non-publicly accessible areas and are transmitted in encrypted form.

We employ these and other security safeguards to help protect all personally identifiable information our users provide to us from loss, misuse, and/or unauthorized alteration. As a transactional website we handle the facilitation of Credit Card, PayPal, and Google Checkout orders and do so with current SSL Encryption technology.  Whenever we ask you to transmit sensitive information, such as a credit card number, your address etc., that information is encrypted and not decipherable until it reaches its final destination.

For more on CriminalBackgroundRecords.com Security Features visit the sites Security Page at:  www.CriminalBackgroundRecords.com/security.html

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Understanding common criminal industry terms and what they actually mean…

Police Records vs. Criminal Records vs. Background Checks vs. Criminal History
vs. Conviction Records vs. Court Records vs. Arrest Records

What does it all mean?  Are the terms above used interchangeably? Or, are they different?  Is a police record the same as a criminal record?  Are arrest records listed in an online criminal report?  When you are looking up someone’s criminal history, are you really looking for a background check?  And, if so, what information do you think you’ll get back from that criminal background investigation?  CriminalBackgroundRecords.com thinks it is important to break down these common terms, and better explain what to expect in the background search process, as well as what to expect when viewing a criminal background record.

When looking for a criminal background history, the most commonly used search terms are as follows…

Police Records | Criminal Records | Criminal Conviction Records | Background Check
Arrest Records | Criminal History | Criminal Background Search | Court Records
Felony Records | and Corrections Records

First, we will break down some common phrases used in the background retrieval industry and explain both their “real meaning” and their “commonly understood meaning”.  We will parse out the real and the actual from the rumors and the hearsay.

We want to help breakdown these terms to their core meaning in order to better educate the large market of people looking to perform some kind of background check.  CriminalBackgroundRecords.com wants to deepen its customers and potential customers understanding of criminal records, how they are obtained, how they are stored, how they are searched, and what to expect in your criminal report search results…

Since we currently only cater to the US market, we will begin with US law.  In US law, “a conviction is the verdict that results when a court of law finds a defendant guilty of a crime.”  This means that if someone was arrested by the police for a supposed crime, then went to court, and then was found, “Not Guilty” than this record simply stays an “arrest record” NOT a criminal record.  Using an arrest record as part of a decision to hire, fire or otherwise harm or harass an individual is wrong, and also opens you up to huge legal risks.

Criminal histories/backgrounds are maintained and updated by many varying sources.  Typically, criminal history information is first generated by law enforcement agencies such as your local police departments.  Local police departments, sheriff’s offices, and other police agencies usually maintain their own internal databases. On the state government level, state police, state troopers, highway patrol, correctional agencies, and other law enforcement agencies also maintain separate databases. Law enforcement agencies often share this information with other similar enforcement agencies and this information is usually made available to the public in various ways.  Again, as discussed in the paragraph above, a police record may just be an arrest record, and until an actual criminal conviction for say a felony offense is made, there is no criminal record.  Making decisions solely on arrest records is not a good idea.

Sex Offender Records are considered Criminal Records
Registered sex offenders have information about their crimes readily available in state sex offender registries.  With each instant statewide or national criminal record search, CriminalBackgroundRecords.com includes a free national 50-State sex offender check.  That means that whether you run a criminal search in Texas, Florida or the entire US, you will get a national sex offender check in addition to a criminal check in Texas, Florida or the entire country.  All of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com instant criminal searches come with a free national sex offender check.

The Department of Correctional Services in many states make criminal records available to the public, and are certainly included as part of a state or national criminal search with CriminalBackgroundRecords.com.  In most cases, juvenile records/files are protected, and their criminal information is typically sealed and not made available to the public.  Correctional information will tell you if someone has served time in prison, currently are incarcerated as inmates, physical characteristics and of course their current status.  CriminalBackgroundRecords.com will give you correctional information, in all our search types, wherever it is available.

State Government
Some states have official “statewide repositories” that contain criminal history information contributed by county, municipal, and other courts within the state.  Court records are the best source for criminal case information concerning an individual.  These state repositories are usually accurate if the state requires supervision of the uploading of criminal data from the local courts (we hope this will be the norm soon). Some states make reporting to a central repository a voluntary activity.   With each state having differing criminal record uploading procedures or no criminal record uploading at all, the information obtained from these repositories can be incomplete.  However, with that said, there have been huge positive steps made in this area of criminal history searching, and for the near future, this means of acquiring and searching criminal records at the state level is getting better and better.

Federal Government
The federal government maintains extensive criminal histories and acts as a central repository for all agencies to report their own data.  The NCIC (National Crime Information Center) is one such database. Generally, and with few exceptions, the records compiled by the federal government in the NCIC are not made available to the public. Some websites and criminal data re-sellers claim to offer an NCIC record search.  These claims are most always fraudulent.  Before ordering a criminal report online, be sure to read the description of the search you are ordering prior to placing your order.  If a company or website does not reveal the description of the search you are interested in ordering, it is probably best to stay clear from ordering from that provider.  The rule of thumb on this is simple; if clear, up to date, descriptions of a criminal search are not available, then that provider is most likely using an old, incomplete database that may or may not have the criminal data you are looking for.

What are the “Terrorist Database Background Check” and “Most Wanted Search??”

All of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com instant criminal checks include a free terrorist database search and “most wanted” list search.  Below is the breakdown of what these two free criminal searches are and what to expect in your search results.

Terrorist Database Background Check:
We check the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the U.S. Department of Treasury with every criminal search. OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on United States foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. As part of its enforcement efforts, OFAC publishes a list of individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific. Collectively, such individuals and companies are called “Specially Designated Nationals” or “SDNs.” Their assets are blocked by law and American individuals and companies are generally prohibited from dealing with SDNs. Results have full name, date of birth if known, address, country, title, program, remarks like AKA’s. These records are screened individually and carefully, and reported to the proper law enforcement entities when a match is made.

Most Wanted Criminal Search:
Comprised of several state agencies most wanted such as: Top Ten FBI Most Wanted, FBI Most Wanted Fugitives, US Marshals Most Wanted, US Marshals Major Cases, Alabama Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Kansas Most Wanted, AFT Most Wanted, US DEA Wanted Fugitives, DTIC Fugitive Top List, US Secret Service Most Wanted, Americas Most Wanted, Connecticut Department of Public Safety and Texas Most Wanted.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com hopes this article helps its browsers and users become more educated in the criminal data industry, and more informed as to what exactly to expect in a criminal report, and why a criminal report from one company/website can differ from another company/website.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com announces new instant services.

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com announces new instant services.

America’s first online, real-time, instant criminal background check service (with no membership requirements) is now available through Information Enterprises, Inc.’s new website: www.CriminalBackgroundRecords.com. This new website was created in response to the growing demand for fast and accurate criminal background searches. Businesses and individuals have doubled the amount of criminal background checks conducted in the U.S. over the past four years. Advances in database technology, lowering costs, and better criminal storage at the state level, and criminal checks being included in the tenant screening industry have contributed to this phenomena. This new site was designed to give all United States citizens fingertip access to criminal background histories anywhere in the country.

To perform a search on this site, all you need is the name and the date of birth of the person you are investigating, and a valid credit card. After you specify which of the thirty-three “instant states” you wish to perform a search in, an instant search immediately sends your search parameters to one of our interconnected repositories before displaying the results to you. You can perform statewide searches in other non-instant search states as well. These searches take only a few days to complete.
You can choose to search within up to thirty-three instant states on www.CriminalBackgroundRecords.com.

The website offers county-level criminal background searches in all fifty US states. This is accomplished with the help of independent court researchers who process paper and electronic records in every county searched. Criminal histories are checked at courthouses, district attorney’s offices, sheriffs’ offices or other places where public records are stored.

The “Instant National Search” covers 33 U.S. states at once. This is the most comprehensive “no wait” criminal background search available today.

The most thorough search the new website offers is the “National Search Plus!” which covers most U.S. states. This search offers the largest coverage of any single search available. It covers all the 33 U.S. states found in our Instant National Search, with a separate 100,000,000 criminal records search with results returned in less than a week.

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