District of Columbia Criminal Records Search

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How to Check for District of Columbia Criminal Records

The D.C. police department handles all criminal background checks. You must fill out PD Form 70 (Criminal History Request) and submit it in person. If you have an arrest record, it will take longer. Usually, they can be processed within 24 hours, but some may take up to 10 days. The cost for each file is $7. You may also have the form notarized and make your request by mail. Mail orders generally take six weeks for processing.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in District of Columbia

The District of Columbia has a court website where you can search for cases and documents. They call the system eAccess. You can search through local/district court cases and also federal/superior court cases. You also have the option of using the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system (PACER) system to search for criminal court documents of federal cases.


How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

If you were arrested for a crime in Washington, D.C. and never charged, or were found not guilty, you are immediately eligible to apply to have your record sealed. For other more serious crimes and convictions, you must wait either two, four or eight years, depending on the crime. Some felonies will stay on your record forever and cannot be expunged.


Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Criminal records in the District of Columbia are public records therefore, pretty much anytime can look yours up and get a copy online, in person or by mail. Banks, landlords, the military and government agencies can use them when doing business with you. If you go for some security clearance or licensing the agency can also look up your criminal record before issuing one to you.


Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

Property owners sometimes use them before renting out apartments to people. Banks use them when loaning money. Gun dealers use them before selling any firearms. Private citizens use them for various reasons like online dating, hiring someone to watch family members and checking up on someone they don’t know well.


Types of Criminal Records

There are various types of records you can see when you pull someone’s District of Columbia criminal record. Generally, you will see demographic information like name, address, age, gender, race, height, weight, and physical description. After that, you might get to see mug shots and fingerprints. You will also see charges, arrests, and warrants, convictions, sentencing, and incarcerations, along with any sex offenses, felonies, and misdemeanors.


How Are DC Criminal Records Created?

From the time someone is arrested in the District of Columbia, the paper trail begins. The first officer to arrest them will fill out a report and create a RAP sheet. When they get released on bail, another form will be filled out. When they show up in court, more documents are produced, and all this paperwork becomes the person’s criminal record.