Arkansas Criminal Records Search

How to Check for Arkansas Criminal Records

The Arkansas State Police have an area on their website where you can search for and find someone’s criminal background. The price for a mandated search where you have the person’s consent is $22. The general public can use the “open criminal records” search for $24 each. You can search easily using someone’s name. The report for the public may differ from the one obtained by government agencies. You can always use an online search portal to find someone’s criminal history also.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Arkansas

The Judicial Branch of Arkansas law enforcement recommends using the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system to find and get copies of federal criminal cases. However, you can also visit the courthouse in person and request copies of specific cases. For local criminal cases, you can check the district court’s website or visit them in person also. You may have to wait a bit while your order is processed and pay a fee for copies.

 

How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

For some minor misdemeanor offenses, you have to wait 60 days before you can request that your records be sealed. However, if you have committed a serious or more violent offense, you have to wait five years, after you have satisfied the requirements of your sentencing, before you can request expungement. The same goes for felony crimes. Other crimes may stay on your record forever. If you are a first offender or never were charged, you are immediately eligible to get your record sealed.

 

Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Anyone including gun dealers, licensing agents, government entities, the military, schools, adoption agencies, and the general public can look up your criminal background. Criminal records are public record and can be accessed by virtually anyone. You can also get a copy of your own criminal background check easily through state resources and other online services.

 

Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

There are many reasons why you might want to check on someone’s criminal charges. Landlords often use them before renting property to someone they don’t know. Government agencies use them before issuing permits or licensing. Other reasons are before they purchase firearms, adopting children, applying for licenses, security clearance or travel.

 

Types of Criminal Records

A typical criminal record for Arkansas includes general information like name, address, phone, email, height, weight, gender, race, age, physical description, and any scars or tattoos. You might also see mug shots and fingerprints. You can review all their charges, convictions, felonies, sex offenses, misdemeanors, incarcerations, and other crime-related information.

 

How Are AR Criminal Records Created?

When someone is arrested, Arkansas law enforcement agents begin the paper trail that becomes their entire criminal history. The RAP sheet is the first document filled out, and after that, every other event that takes place through the justice system is recorded and filed. This collection of forms and reports is your criminal history.