Indiana Criminal Records Search

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How to Check for Indiana Criminal Records

Indiana’s State Police are responsible for criminal history records for the state. They supply them to the general public, and government agencies that want to check out someone’s past. They offer a few different types of searches including a name search and fingerprint search. The name search yields only a “limited criminal history” and will show only felonies and misdemeanors. A fingerprint search will reveal all state crimes. A fingerprint-based national search will show a complete report from anywhere in the country. You can order online or through the mail. The cost for subscribers is $15 per record and $16.32 for people who don’t have a subscription.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Indiana

The Indiana State Police (ISP) also offers complete federal records using fingerprints from IdentoGo. This will give you any criminal records from across the country. Regarding criminal court records, each district has their own website, and you can search for files by name. You may also use the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system to find and retrieve federal court documents. If you need local court records for criminal cases, you can either visit the courthouse or consult their websites for a search portal.


How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Before 2013, felonies and misdemeanors would stay on your criminal record for life in Indiana. However, they enacted a new law called the “Second Chance Law” that now makes many felonies and misdemeanors eligible for expungement. If you were arrested but not convicted, you only have to wait one year to apply for expungement. With misdemeanors, you must wait five years and with felonies, eight years before you can ask to have the records expunged. You must also complete your rehabilitation and probation first.


Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Anyone including landlords, neighbors, school administrators, government agencies and even the general public can look up and see your entire criminal history unless it has been expunged. You can also obtain a copy of your own criminal history quite easily. You can also use a third-party service to find yourself online and pull a copy.


Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

There are many reasons you might be curious about someone’s criminal past. Gun dealers use them before selling firearms. Government agencies often use them before issuing licensing or certification. Sometimes the general public uses them to check up on someone before dating, hiring or renting to them.


Types of Criminal Records

Depending on the type and source of the criminal records you retrieve you may see local or federal felonies, misdemeanors and sex crimes. You will also see arrests, charges, convictions, dispositions, sentencing, fines, bail and bond and also incarcerations. General demographic information is most often included as well.


How Are IN Criminal Records Created?

Indiana criminal records are created when the police first arrest someone. Law enforcement agents start filling out forms and typing up reports. Anything that pertains to you and your crime becomes part of your criminal history. The first one to be created is your RAP sheet, and from there, every other event or change is documented.