Monthly Archives: February 2008

About Criminal Records and Where to Find Them

      No Comments on About Criminal Records and Where to Find Them

Locating a criminal record could require knowing exactly what type of crime was committed. The U.S. legal system places crimes into three categories, and the category of crime can also affect what type of court the criminal case was tried in, and therefore, where those records are kept.

The three crime categories are Infractions, Felonies, and Misdemeanors. Infractions are punishable with fines and include parking violations, traffic violations, and noise citations. Misdemeanors are punishable by less than one year in prison and include aggravated harassment, assault, sexual abuse, criminal trespass, and driving while intoxicated. Felonies are much more serious crimes, … Read More

Options for Locating Property Records Across the Country

Whether you want a copy of a deed, or you just want to find out the value of a piece of property, property records are public records, which are available to be accessed by anyone interested. These records are typically maintained in the county in which they are located. In some states, the Recorders office maintains recorded copies of deeds and mortgages, while an Assessors offices maintains records of tax and property values. In other states, property records may be maintained by the court.

In Alaska, the Recorder’s office maintains statewide records, but there are also Assessors offices, and courts … Read More

Vital Records Offices; the Keepers of Birth, Death, and Marriage Records

State operated Vital Records Offices or Vital Statistics Offices maintain the records to most of our important personal information, including marriage records, birth records and death records. Vital Records Offices are usually run by the Department of Health.

In some states, the Vital Records Office maintains records for all three of the previously mentioned categories, while in other states, the scope of the Office is limited. For example, in Arizona and Indiana the Vital records office is only responsible for birth and death records. However, in states such as Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, and Wyoming the Vital … Read More

Confidential Intermediaries’ Access To Sealed Adoption Records

In United States, after an adoption is finalized, most states require that the court seal all court records and other documents related to the adoption. While these laws serve to protect the identity of innocent parties and those who wish to remain anonymous, they also present a hurdle for members of an adoption party who wish to find out information about an adoption proceeding they were involved in.

In an effort to protect information while also allowing access to information for parties who wish to find, and be found, many states have enacted laws which allow an individual, called a … Read More

Arizona Adoption Records

      14 Comments on Arizona Adoption Records

In Arizona, adoption records are handled by the Office of Vital Records. After an adoption, the Office of Vital records is responsible for amending the original birth certificate. Once the original birth certificate is amended, it is sealed by the court, along with the adoption certificate.
Arizona adoption records are kept confidential and sealed, unless otherwise authorized by a court order.  
However, Arizona law allows adopted children (18 years or older), birth parents, adoptive parents of an adoptee (if the adoptee is 18 years or older), and biological siblings (18 years or older) of an adopted person to access Read More

Electronic Access to Florida Court Records and Adoption Records

Florida Statute Chapter 119 mandates that “all state, county, and municipal records” be made available for viewing and copying by the public. 119.01(e) adds that agencies should make an effort to efficiently provide remote electronic access to the information. As such, there are a variety of state operated websites which provide access to many records.  However, if you are looking specifically for court records, one of the best resources is the Florida Supreme Court’s website.  The site has a link to a page called Public Information where you can access court records including court docket information, court orders, and even Read More

Connecticut Launches New Criminal Conviction Search

Connecticut has recently launched a new criminal records search that allows online access to criminal convictions. More than 1 million criminal convictions are now online, including all felony and misdemeanor convictions since January 1, 2000. Misdemeanor convictions will be removed from this database after five years.  View this and other Connecticut online resources at our Statewide Resources page.… Read More

Public Records Toolbar Updated

      1 Comment on Public Records Toolbar Updated

We have updated our popular public records toolbar. Google Toolbar users can use this tool to navigate directly to our public records directory pages.  

Public Records Toolbar

To use this tool, simply enter a zip code or city and state name. You’ll be immediately taken to the proper directory page. In the event that a zip code or town crosses a county boundary, we’ll provide links to each county.

Installation takes just a few seconds, give it a try!Read More

Texas DPS implements criminal record expunction procedures

  The Texas Department of Public Safety provides criminal conviction data files to businesses who resell access to the data.  In many cases, the businesses purchase similar data from a large number of states in order to provide search capability that covers as many jurisdictions as possible.  The benefits to the end user are dramatic.

One challenge facing the criminal records industry is in it’s ability to deal with records that have been expunged or sealed since the data was obtained by the reseller.  Most of the big players update the data as often as the record holders will allow and … Read More

Proposed Expansion of Public Access to Information in New Jersey

The New Jersey Supreme Court is in the beginning stages of expanding public access to information in the state. In January 2006, the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Public Access began meeting to address the various issues surrounding public access to court records. The Committee addressed the need for expansion and improved ease of use for the public vs. the privacy issues that emerge when more information becomes public.

Associate Justice Barry T. Albin, who chaired the Committee explains:

“The Committee Undertook this task with the understanding that the Judiciary serves the people and that court records, like Read More