According to the FBI, crime in the US occurs every couple of seconds. To put that into perspective, that’s one:
- Murder every 30 minutes
- Rape every 3.5 minutes
- Robbery every 1.5 minutes
- Violent crime every 41 seconds
- Vehicle theft every 40 seconds
- Aggravated assault every 35 seconds
- Burglary every 20 seconds
- Larceny theft every 5 seconds
- Property crime every 4 seconds
In the United States, nearly 0.8% of the population was behind bars - that’s a whopping 2,600,000 criminals, with 20% of all inmates in jails and 15% of inmates in state prisons with a serious mental illness.
There was an average +50% jump in nonviolent crime, a +35% increase in murder, a +10% gun assault increase, and a +39% homicide increase from 2019 to 2020. Those are already chilling statistics, and with the global unrest, growing unemployment, government lockdowns, and protests - crime rates in the US keep growing fast in 2021.
Criminal records can be generally classified as:
- Felonies - severe crimes for which the criminal is imprisoned for at least a year. These crimes include murder, arson, kidnapping, rape, manslaughter, assault, extortion, larceny, armed robberies, and drug dealing.
- Misdemeanors - lesser offenses that can result in fines, community service, and up to a year of jail time. Misdemeanors include simple assault, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, petty theft, shoplifting, trespassing, and vandalism.
- Infractions - minor crimes that are usually punished with fines and more often are not shown on a person’s criminal record but still can appear on a court record, driving record, or local police rap sheets.
How To Find Criminal Records
Public records should allow you to look up the criminal history of all criminals, right? Well, not exactly. Here’s why:
- State laws are not uniform, and while some states offer complete public record access together with mugshots, other states have strict laws on what they can reveal about someone’s criminal record. This means that a person may have committed a crime in one state and then moved to another, where their criminal history cannot be verified.
- Criminal records for nonviolent criminal offenses can be removed from a public profile if an appeal is filed by the individual to remove the conviction from public record and the appeal succeeds.
- Juvenile delinquencies could be removed from an individual’s record when they turn 18 if the offense was not a violent felony.
So what are the options?
- Sex offenses are an exception from the rules above and are mandated to be publicly available countrywide. This means that, regardless of state or county laws, sex offenders can be found online.
- International crimes and crimes performed overseas are available in the Interpol database online and can be viewed by anyone. That being said, those are serious felonies and large-scale crime schemes that are pursued by international governments and most likely do not apply to your neighborhood milkman.
- State and local prisons and jail facilities contain criminal records on detainees. Given that prisons across the country are in different jurisdictions, they may not share criminal history between institutions. This would also mean that to obtain a full criminal history of an individual; it is important to know where they have lived in other locations.
- The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and FBI contain centralized criminal information nationwide, but data is not generally available to the public. In order to run a background check, you will need to request the individual’s criminal record at the local police agency.
- The fifth and most effective option is online background check and criminal record search services like Names and Facts. We have integrated access to government databases in all 50 states across all jurisdictions. This means that you will be able to run unlimited background checks online on anyone you know, suspect, or want verified.
Criminal Check Pricing
How much does a criminal check cost? Great question. At Names and Facts, we believe that online information services should be affordable and especially ones that keep you and your family safe. We have deployed fixed pricing on unlimited criminal history search as we understand that you will want to be verifying individuals on an ongoing basis.
Our membership plan is $19.95 per month with no hidden fees and anytime cancellation. Simple as that. It means that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe for less than a coffee a day.
All criminal checks include felonies, misdemeanors, judgments, liens, sex offenses, DUIs, and mugshots when data is available. To run a criminal check on an individual, simply enter the person’s full name on Names and Facts, click ‘search’ and open the full report to view the criminal history section.
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