When criminal records are referred to during a background check there are quite a lot of information that can come from them. These records are the only source of information that can tell a person about any convictions, arrests or any other information that did not result in a conviction. These files are maintained with the Federal Fugitives Wing, or can even be found in the state or Federal Correctional Department’s repositories. While these records provide information about criminal offenses, the sex offenders’ repository would give information about any sexual offense, while the prison records would give information pertaining to jail term served by the person.
As a member of the government or a business holding that needs access to such records, a person can access more than two hundred million criminal records from across the nation. The information found in such criminal records come in very handy for prospective employers, landlords or even dealers who are licensed to sell guns. These records also help individuals from employing people as house-keepers or as nannies who have a history of violence or sexual abuse. Hospitals are currently accessing such records to make certain that they do not employ someone who has a history of drug abuse.
Depending on the kind of service opted and also depending on the nature and sensitivity of the information requested, the state may or may not grant permission to divulge information from criminal records. The applicant would need to have a valid reason to access such information and should also show the state that he or she has the consent of the person in question to conduct a search.
If the applicant does not have the above mentioned, then the state would only say if there is or there isn’t a criminal record under the person’s name. However, if the person gives justifiable reasons to access such information then the state would provide the necessary information that the applicant is looking for.
An applicant can also get more information if they had to access the court records through an agency that collects a fee. Most such organizations work on an information-based fee collection. Hence, based on the number of information to be collected a particular fee would be charged. The rate of the fee would also differ based on the number of states the agency has to conduct a search in.