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Diversion: Keeping Your Record Clean

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A diversion can mean entertainment or amusement for many people. To others it can mean a change of course. In the criminal justice system, diversion can mean a change of course out of the system. Diversion means a defendant agrees to a course of conduct for a specific period of time, pays some fees and court costs, and avoids a trial and a possible criminal or traffic record.

Diversion does not mean that shoplifters and drunk drivers all over the country are going unpunished and having their records wiped clean. Diversion is not available everywhere, and it’s not easy to … Read More

Court Clerks Can Help You Find the Information You Need

When we think about going to court, the first people that usually pop into our heads are the judge in a robe, the bailiff with a badge, an attorney arguing for each side, and maybe a sketch artist for dramatic, high-profile cases. People like the Court Clerk may seem foreign. Administrative officials, however, are often the first line of contact the public has with the courts, and can often provide information and assistance for free.
Whether you are looking for court records, want to file a new case, or need information on when a hearing will be or where to … Read More

Minor Offenders Get a Second Chance with Diversion Programs

If you have been arrested for a crime, this does not necessarily mean that you will be required to go through the court process.  You could even be spared a criminal records.  How is this possible?  Many court systems through out the US have what are called Diversion Programs.  These programs seek to provide alternatives for first time offenders, juveniles, and those who have committed minor offenses.

One belief system behind Diversion Programs is that such petty crimes do not warrant creating the stigma of “criminal” that one could receive if they proceed through the traditional court system.  Also, these … Read More

Uncover Crime Rates and Statistics with Public Records

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As access to public records becomes more abundant, criminal records searches have also grown in popularity. Many find it helpful to review the criminal records of those they are hiring, or even individuals involved in their personal lives. While not a pleasant subject, crime is a part of our world. However, public records searches can be used to reveal more than just information on one person. You can also use these records to uncover information about entire neighborhoods by reviewing resources such statistics and crime maps. You may find it helpful to review the crime statistics of an area before … Read More

Drug Courts

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Should someone with a drug problem be sent to prison with murderers and rapists or should they receive alternative methods of combined punishment and treatment?  This is one of the many issues addressed by the use of a specialty court, called a Drug Court.  A specialty court is a court operating within the jurisdiction of another court.  However, the Drug Courts offer more than just a separate division to hear specific cases.  Drug Courts create an alternative form of adjudication for people involved in illegal drug activity.   These courts are a unique combination of the judicial system, social services, and … Read More

Ohio To Launch A Searchable Drunk Driver Database

In an effort to make the roads of Ohio a safer place, a new drunk driving law was recently passed by the Ohio legislature.  This new law creates several new additions to the OVI/OMWI regulations in that state.  OVI stands for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and OMWI stands for Operating A Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence. The new law includes earlier court ordered treatment programs, use of ankle bracelets for offenders who break their drunk driving parole, and the use of an interlock system which requires offenders to blow into to prove they have not consumed alcohol before … Read More

Using Court Records for Background Investigations

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Background investigations are an interesting method for uncovering the truth about those we may or may not want to let into our lives.   Background investigation is the process of viewing records to find out the history of a person.   These investigations are commonly performed by employers, especially for jobs where there may be access to sensitive information.  However, private individuals may also be interested in running background investigations on certain people in their lives.  A thorough background investigation can produce information including full name, address, employment history, financial history, and criminal history.  It seems that as the world becomes a … Read More

DUI Records

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According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approximately 41% of all traffic deaths in the U.S. were alcohol related in 2006.  Drunk driving is a major issue in our society, and many states have, and will continue to invest a lot in cracking down on drunk drivers.  Further statistics show that in 2006, 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.  As such, drunk-driving cases could compose a major portion of the court records in your state.

In the United States, every state has a statute, or law, that … Read More

Rhode Island May Expand Reach of Criminal Records Expungement Law

Access to criminal records is a controversial topic on many accounts. Criminal background checks for employment are often important safeguards to protecting vulnerable members of our communities, such as minors and the elderly. It can also help ensure that sensitive information does not fall into the wrong hands. For example, a job where employees have access to bank accounts or social security numbers may not be the best position for a person convicted of identity theft crimes. Yet, the flip side of this argument is that access to criminal records can also create an unfair stigma, especially for first time … Read More

About Criminal Records and Where to Find Them

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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