Alaska Criminal Records Search

How to Check for Alaska Criminal Records

In compliance with Alaska Statute AS 12.62.160, any private citizen is allowed access to criminal records. The Department of Public Safety, Criminal Records and Identification (R&I) Bureau is the government agency in charge of record checks for the state. They offer both name and fingerprint searches. A name-based search costs $20, and a fingerprint search costs $35. You can request extra copies for $5 a piece. They have the forms on their website and locations where you can get fingerprinted. You can also get a copy of your own record at any time.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Alaska

The Alaska Court System has a website where you can search for both federal and district court criminal cases. You can also search for appellate court cases on the same site. You can search by name, case information or ticket number. Their website system is called CourtView. The results from a search are very detailed, and you can even pay someone’s fees online. You can also use either the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system or another online court document portal to search for criminal records.

 

How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Alaska does not allow expungement for convictions so in many cases both felonies and misdemeanors will remain on your criminal record forever. If you were arrested and never charged or it was a case of mistaken identity, then you can apply to have your records sealed. If there is inaccurate information on your criminal record, you can also ask to have it corrected. Even if you have completed probation, Alaska only allows expungement of adult convictions very rarely. Therefore, chances are any convictions will stay on your record for life.

 

Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Anyone with access to a computer and the Internet can search for and find your criminal background. This list includes government agencies, gun dealers, landlords, neighbors, friends, and family. You can also look up your own criminal history pretty quickly. You can use the state resources or online databases to search for criminal records.

 

Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

There are many reasons why someone might check into your criminal past. Landlords often use them before renting property. Schools and the military use them before accepting you into their programs. Private citizens use them for many reasons when they want to know more about someone.

 

Types of Criminal Records

The types of information you will find on a criminal record are arrests, warrants, convictions, charges, sentencing, dispositions, incarcerations, parole, probation, fines, bail and bond paid. You will also see general data like name, address, phone, height, weight, age, gender, race, mug shots, and fingerprints.

 

How Are AK Criminal Records Created?

Alaskan criminal records are created whenever law enforcement agents arrest someone or take them through the justice system. The initial RAP sheet that is created becomes the first part of the criminal record. After that, every other form, document, and report that is filled out concerning your case, is included.