How Are Criminal Records Made?

What are criminal records and why they are used for has been discussed earlier. It is equally important to know how criminal records are made as well as maintained at the state and county level. Preparing criminal records requires careful and accurate listing of the concerned information pertaining to that individual. Read on to know more.

When making criminal records, these are indexed by the name of the defendant. Therefore, to get accurate results, getting the correct spelling of the name are important in first place. One should also check if the person had a former name, also a full date of birth is generally required. Although today, the criminal records preparation is computerized, any investigator has to go to the courthouse to search the public access terminals. But not all the courts have public access terminals. Therefore, the investigator may have to present his request to the clerk and then return in a couple of days for the results.

The index usually comprise of nothing more than dates, case numbers and names of defendants. In case the If the defendant has a common name, many records of the same name will surface. Therefore the index with the same name must be scrutinized for a match to date of birth, and sometimes his security number or driver's license number. It may also be required to look at the case files to conclude the charges and the dispositions.

The large online public records vendors make criminal records and offer online access to them in some jurisdictions. However, most of the times the only information accessible is name of defendant, case number, and date. There may be no listing of penal code violations and disposition is rarely included. Even if a record is found, it will still have to be sent to the courthouse to determine its relevancy to the subject.

We hope the above article in how criminal records are made and how vendors prepare criminal records is both useful and edifying.