Louisiana Criminal Records Search

How to Check for Louisiana Criminal Records

The Louisiana State Police is the entity in charge of performing criminal background checks for the state. They have a website called the Louisiana Computerized Criminal History system (LACCH), dedicated to providing online access to public criminal records. You do need to have an account or register for one before using it. You can also download a form and mail in a request. They have specific forms for many types of criminal background checks. There is one for government agencies and others for specific purposes.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana suggests using PACER, (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) for the retrieval of federal criminal court records. Some districts also have federal court documents available for search and download on their websites. You may also visit a federal court to obtain documents in Louisiana. For district and local criminal court proceedings, you can visit the courthouse in person and request copies. You will need to wait while your order is processed and pay a small fee. The state Supreme Court has a website where you can search for cases by case year, docket number and case type.

 

How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Louisiana has more people in prison than any other state. Their expungement laws are quite stringent. They allow someone with non-violent misdemeanors or charges that did not result in a conviction to be expunged. However, felonies, which used to stay on your record forever, you can now apply after ten years to have them expunged. Violent and sex offenses cannot be expunged and will remain on your record forever. The cost of applying is $550 and will take at least 60 days.

 

Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

The military, government agencies, schools, and the general public all have the right to look up your criminal record in Louisiana. Criminal records of many types are publicly accessible via the Freedom of Information Act. You can also get a copy of your own criminal background report easily through the state or from a third-party service.

 

Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

Sometimes landlords use them before renting property to someone. Other reasons would be online dating, buying or selling to a stranger or just checking up on someone.

 

Types of Criminal Records

In a typical criminal record, you can see general information like name, address, phone, email, mug shots, and fingerprints. Other things like charges, sentencing, convictions, trial documents, arrests, warrants, sex offenses, misdemeanors, felonies, and incarcerations are also included.

 

How Are LA Criminal Records Created?

When someone is charged with a crime and arrested the paperwork filled out starts a criminal record. After that, any changes that occur or new events get added to the file, and all these forms and documents become someone’s criminal history record. When someone searches for you online, this is what he or she will find.