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How Your Arrest Records Might Haunt You

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Article by Amit Mehta

Arrest records pertain to the documents kept by the state that an individual was taken into custody by a law enforcement official. Also included in the definition of arrest documents are those instances wherein individuals were detained, questioned, held for investigation and then later tried for any offense.

It is important to make the distinction between arrest records and conviction records since the latter includes the actual conviction following an arrest. Conviction records will include in detail the fines, years of imprisonment, pardons, and other verdicts cast upon an individual following an arrest. Remember that not all arrests will lead to convictions since there are instances wherein charges are dropped.

Who Has Interest in Arrest Records?

People access arrest records to find out if someone has the propensity for violating the law. However, there should never be any generalizations made regarding the reputation or the character of a person based solely on an arrest record. You need to keep in mind that arrest documents can actually be incorrect or unjust (because the individual did not go through legal proceedings that determine one’s innocence or guilt). Keep in mind too cases of false or mistaken identities which may bring blame to someone totally innocent of any wrongdoing.

More often than not, employers will request for your arrest records before they decide to hire you. Actually, your potential employer has the right to ask you about pending convictions at the time of your job application, but cannot ask you about arrests that have not lead to convictions.

Another reason why arrest records are acquired is for court proceedings. For instance, these documents may be asked for to aid in proper sentencing (i.e., checking if the accused has prior misdemeanors). Several counts on arrest documents could prove to be highly detrimental for you since a judge or jury is highly unlikely to let you off with a light sentence once they see that you have a tendency for disobeying the law.

Regardless of who may take a look at your arrest records, you need to see it for yourself so that you are ready to explain and justify its contents. There are a number of websites on the Internet that offer state repositories for your perusal, which can save you a lot of costs. Since these are state repositories, there will be no need to go from one county to another to look for arrest records. As long as you are able to provide the precise personal information required, getting to arrest records should not pose a problem for you.

Manually obtaining arrest records by going to the county office and filling out application forms may even take as long as thirty days of processing. If you choose to go with online arrest records, you can receive your request in as little as three days. Make sure that you are aware of the basic laws of your state regarding arrest records and count yourself lucky if you reside in one of those states that restrict the discharging of non-conviction records to the public.

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