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Criminal Records

At Information Direct, a search for any Criminal Records for a job applicant will span across all counties the applicant has lived, worked, or attended school.


The search will be conducted for records over the past 7 years. 
 
Records will be gathered and collected using court specialist researchers. Information Direct will only employ specialists for “On-Site” court record searches. These include both felony and misdemeanor convictions directly at the Superior and Municipal courts. This is performed in all counties tied to the applicant to help offset the impact of a single county search.
 
Information Direct manually employs specialists for this record search and the procedure is certified. It’s important to understand that this procedure is also the only correct method in obtaining quality and accurate hands-on information throughout the United States and other countries.
 
Records further than 7 years may be requested at which the same inclusions apply. Both felony and misdemeanor convictions in all counties the applicant has lived, worked or attended school will be procedurally gathered. The information is again supplied by specialists for quality and accurate searches.

Information for Protection

Protecting a workplace is more than policy and regulations. County criminal searches are recommended to protect against workplace violence. Criminal Records also protect the workplace from employee theft. Statistics on workplace violence and employee theft reveal a need for county criminal searches to assure employers and employees alike are safe at work.  
 
According to the US Census Bureau, there are 3,041 counties or equivalent jurisdictions in the US. It is critical for records to be accurate and complete with information about criminal history from any and all counties tied to an applicant.  
 
The procedure for the criminal search is just as critical because beyond arrest records, county courts are the originating point for official criminal records. They are also typically more complete and up-to-date than records at the state level. They contain felony and misdemeanor records, open warrants and pending cases.  
 
The search for records for the past 7 years is what helps eliminate risk. There are some disadvantages of a county criminal record search. The primary disadvantage being that records in a county Criminal Record search are limited to a single county and for that reason, you need Information Direct to dispatch specialist for the information that will protect the workplace.
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County Criminal Record Search


When we obtain a search, we will make all the information you need available to you. You will be provided with all the information about convictions including charges. The records will have information on the offense date, conviction date, disposition and sentencing.

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, (FCRA) convictions can be reported without any time limitation. Because of this, it is likely to show up on a background check despite being more than 7 years. The FCRA allows felony arrests to be reported on background check for 7 years after release from prison.

A criminal search will be provided within 24 to 48 hours in most cases depending on the jurisdiction. The search will be returned to you within this time frame of working days upon receiving the request.

There may be delays in some instances if a Criminal Record is found. If a record is found on a individual, there may be a delay in turnaround time. This is due to the fact that some records may be archived or may require assistance from the county clerk.

With a public index, in many cases, it may contain only pointer information. The actual records are held and controlled by the clerks. Court delays are typical under these circumstances. When researching the possible records held and controlled by the clerks, often times delays are expected.

Records Information


The records containing information an applicant’s criminal history may be organized differently from one county to another. The standard may vary, therefore the ease of access may vary and indicate the timelines of obtaining the information. In California for example, criminal records are collected and stored in online depositories.

Also, note that a Criminal Record can list all non-expunged criminal offences. These may include traffic offences such as a dui. While the information may not indicate an applicant to precisely be a danger to the workplace, the information is on records and provided for you in the criminal search for accuracy and complete reporting from Information Direct.
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