Maine Criminal Records Search

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How to Check for Maine Criminal Records

The Maine State Police, State Bureau of Identification is the government agency in charge of maintaining and disseminating criminal records for the state. The cost to use their online system is $21 for in-state subscribers, $31 for out-of-state subscribers and $31 for non-subscribers. You can also request notarized copies for an additional $10. All you need to search is someone’s name and date of birth. The system includes adult and juvenile records. You can also use a third-party online search service to find someone’s criminal history.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Maine

Maine does not have a website with a central repository for federal court records on criminal cases. Therefore, you must use the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system (PACER) system for the public to access criminal court documents on federal cases. For local cases, you can visit the district court to get copies of documents for criminal or civil cases. You can also check out each district court website to see if they allow searching online. You always have the option of using a court document service online as well.


How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Maine only allows Class E crimes to be expunged and only for people aged 18-21 at the time of the crime. When you apply for expungement, you still must wait four years and then comply with a list of requirements. You cannot have incurred any additional charges or have any pending when you petition for expungement. All other convictions and arrests will stay on your criminal record forever. However, Maine considers some criminal information to be “confidential” like arrests, bail, bond, plea bargains and such. So these may not show up in criminal records.


Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Maine makes it very easy for anyone to look up your criminal records and obtain the details. In keeping with the Freedom of Information Act, they provide easy, public access to both criminal records, and background checks. You can also use online search portals from third parties to look someone up.


Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

Agencies you apply to for licensing, or certification, often need to look up your criminal history. When you rent a new apartment, your landlord might want to make sure you don’t have a history of not paying your rent or vandalizing property. Sometimes people use them before asking someone new to watch the kids or take care of an aging parent.


Types of Criminal Records

Depending on the type and source of the criminal records you retrieve you may see local or federal felonies, misdemeanor 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 ME Criminal Records Created?

From the point that someone is arrested until they are released from parole or probation, records are kept about their status and events that occur about their case. Law enforcement agents fill out forms, reports, and documents that become someone’s complete criminal history record.