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Info Cubic searches County Criminal Records at county courthouses electronically through our nationwide network of court researchers for accurate results.
Info Cubic’s County Criminal Records reports show criminal court records such as felonies, misdemeanors, and in some cases, lesser violations like traffic offenses and ordinance violations. Legal violations are found by searching the upper and lower courts in 3,100+ jurisdictions across the United States.
There are a few exceptions to this rule that apply when a county has a large number of low level city or municipal courts that each require individual searches (examples include several counties in Ohio and Arizona) – in which case our internal researchers or court research partners search the district/common pleas/upper court and the lower court located in the county seat. Info Cubic strives to provide the most complete information possible, however, in situations in which courts records aren’t centrally located, meaning their district/common pleas/upper court and the lower court are located in two separate facilities or physical locations, it’s common to only retrieve the upper court records.
Q: Which is the better search for obtaining criminal record information: counties or statewide searches?
Q: Are all courts in the county included in a county criminal search?
Q: What type of records can I expect in a county criminal search?
Q: How far back is the record information that you report?
Per reporting from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has some kind of criminal record. However, this does not mean everyone who has a criminal record is not the right fit for your organization. Many of the records considered in this statistic are arrest only, juvenile, or other records which should not be used in a hiring decision per legal guidance. Info Cubic always provides best practice recommendations to our clients and ensures only criminal records that can be taken into consideration in a hiring decision are reported. Also, a candidate with a conviction should not be automatically disqualified simply for that fact. The EEOC and other agencies advise that a criminal record should be directly related to the responsibilities of the position to be taken into consideration, including felony records. Info Cubic can work with you to implement an adjudication matrix to help you more easily identify those convictions of concern to your organization.
Any risk adverse organization regardless of size or industry. Since most criminal court cases originate at the county level, county criminal searches provide the most up-to-date and accurate criminal records. Therefore, we highly recommend this search as a core element for any of our clients seeking criminal records.
A county criminal records search obtains information, including felony and misdemeanor conviction records, from the upper and lower courts in the specified county.
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Reporting must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and any applicable state laws. All felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions, and related activity on record are also reported. Open arrest warrants, cases awaiting trial and charges for failure to appear are also included when available and legally reportable. Laws vary state to state regarding criminal record use in hiring decisions; thus, consultation with qualified legal counsel is highly recommended.
A: Generally, county criminal searches are the most informative. While there are some states that have more inclusive and detailed statewide record repositories, most county level searches are more reliable than their statewide counterparts. They tend to include more accurate and up to date information from more courts in the county. To obtain guidance on county versus statewide recommendations in specific states, please reach out to us.
A: Not always. Some counties have multiple lower level courts (such as Ohio counties with their vast number of smaller, Municipal courts), and not all courts are included in each county search. Info Cubic strives to provide the most complete information possible, however, in situations where courts records aren’t centrally located, it’s common to only retrieve the upper court records which will contain the most serious convictions.
A: Depending on the location, you will generally receive records back for Felony and Misdemeanor charges; however, some jurisdictions will return “Unknown” or “Unclassified” (or “Indictable” and “Non-Indictable” in New Jersey) charge types of a criminal nature.
A: County criminal records are provided at least for the past 7 years; however, may go back further depending on the laws for that particular state. If a county search with a 10 years scope is ordered, Info Cubic will provide at least 10 years of criminal record information whenever possible (where the state does not limit reporting of conviction information to 7 years).
Q: Are criminal searches conducted searching by the social security number?
A: No. Criminal searches are conducted using the name and date of birth. While the SSN may be used as an additional identifier or run through our Social Security Number Trace to find additional addresses and names associated with the candidate, criminal records are always recorded by name and date of birth. As criminal searches are public record, courts do not generally use the SSN to file the information.
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Info Cubic offers clients a variety of ways to order County Criminal Record searches. Our best practice recommendation is to utilize defined criminal scope products. Using these products ensures consistency in screening and allows for a hands-off ordering process. For example, if your desired scope is to run County Criminal Record searches where an applicant has lived for the past seven years, using information provided by the applicant and a Social Security Address Trace, The Cube can automatically generate those counties when the order is placed. A number of different scopes are available to meet your specific needs. They can include searching more or less than seven years (where legally reportable), potentially developing counties where an applicant worked and/or went to school in addition to where he/she lived, etc. If you have different scope needs based on position or location, we can build a number of various packages with differing scopes to meet your exact needs. Your Sales Representative or Account Manager can work with you to ensure you are getting the desired County Criminal Record scope.
Another option for ordering County Criminal Records is for a client user to pick and choose which counties they want run when placing an order manually. This can be done by physically entering counties or by running a Social Security Address Trace lookup during the ordering process and manually selecting which counties to run from the result of that lookup.
Bottom line – Info Cubic is flexible and can configure accounts to offer automated scope definition, manual selection, or both on a given account.