This article will help you:
- Understand what happens in a US State Criminal Search
- Decide when to include US State Criminal Searches in your background check package
A State Criminal Search is used to discover criminal records in a specific state. The extent of the State Criminal Search varies by state:
- Complete: Some states search every single county within the state.
- Partial: Some states search most counties, but not all.
- Spotty: Some states search only a few counties within the state.
Due to varying state laws, not all counties report into state databases, and each state database functions differently. For example, New York's state database includes reports from all counties, but California's does not. Because the county courthouse is the source of truth for most criminal records, we recommend running this search in addition to, rather than instead of, a county search.
Information returned in a statewide criminal record search may include the following:
- Defendant’s Name
- Case Number
- Charge Classification (Felony/Misdemeanor)
- Charge Type
- Disposition (Guilty, Dismissed, etc.)
- Disposition Date
- Sentencing Information