According to Crime in the United States by the Department of Justice, the Rate of Arrests in 2006 nationwide was almost 5% and that’s not even taking into account arrests resulting from traffic violations. That’s an increase across the board for all major categories of violation such as violent, property and drugs, from the year before and bodes very poorly for 2007, the current year and beyond.
An arrest can be viewed as the immediate containment of an unlawful act with its judicial disposition usually coming later. In parallel, it serves to maintain custody on the arrestee so that he or she can be produced for further proceedings. It is officially carried out by an agency of authority which is most commonly the Police. The main role of the Police in governance is law enforcement although they are typically tasked with other functions as well.
Once an Arrest has been made by the Police, a report will be put up, usually by the arresting officer for record purposes and as document for the assigned Intake Prosecutor or submitted as evidence to the Grand Jury, to determine the charges to be filed. The entry to the arrestee’s Police Arrest Records will be permanent, regardless of whether or not the arrest leads to any incarceration.
We can learn a great deal about people from their Police Arrest Records. That’s why it is one of the most widely searched categories of Public Records pertaining to Criminal Violation. At a basic level, they contain the personal details of the arrestee and the surrounding information of the arrests. If there had been multiple arrests on the subject, they will all show up as long as they are within the same state.
Although there may be restrictions on the accessibility and use of Police Arrest Records under exceptional circumstances, they are Public Records nevertheless. As such, they are mandated by law to be made available to anyone who may wish to retrieve them and can be requested directly from the local Police Department where the subject resides or at any of the public offices assigned with the function.
Police Arrest Records are state-level records. That means that they are governed by individual state laws in terms of accessibility, restriction, use and treatment. The respective databases over the various states are also not known to be linked. Because of that, a state by state search is necessary when an absolute nationwide account of Police Arrest Records is desired in the absence of the subject’s residential history or whereabouts information.
Another way of retrieving Police Arrest Records is through commercial record providers. They are found in abundance on the internet. Although their version is fee-based, it is being increasingly preferred to the Free Arrest Records from government offices. Beside sparing you the fuss and hassle, waiting time and insulating you of legality issues, they also have the means to tap into private and proprietary networks along with public sources.