Michigan Criminal Records Search

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How to Check for Michigan Criminal Records

The Michigan State Police offer the general public the use of a tool called The Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT). You can use this tool with a name search to find someone’s complete criminal history. Government agencies can search using fingerprints only. Suppressed, tribal, juvenile and driving records will not be included. They also have plenty of information and tutorials on how to use the system. You can also use a third-party online search system to find someone and get his or her criminal history.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in Michigan

Michigan offers the public the use of Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) to find and access federal court records for criminal cases. They also have a simple case lookup on their website, but it doesn’t provide a lot of detail. For local cases, you can contact the district court either through their website or in person to request copies of criminal records and court documents related to local cases.


How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Both felonies and misdemeanors will stay on your Michigan criminal record forever if you do not apply to have them “set aside” or expunged. If you have only two minor misdemeanors or two misdemeanors and a felony, you can petition the court to expunge your records. Before you can apply, however, you have to wait at least five years from the time you completed your prison sentence, parole or sentencing. Some serious violent offenses are not eligible to be expunged and will stay on your record indefinitely.


Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

Anyone with access to the Internet can get a copy of your criminal record. You can get a copy for yourself very quickly. Government agencies, and gun dealers can get a copy of your criminal history when they perform a background check using the state resources or another online option.


Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

There are many reasons you might want to check on someone’s criminal charges. To start, if you plan on having someone around your home or family you will want to know all about them. If you plan on renting property to a new tenant, it makes sense to check into their criminal past. When you start out dating someone new, you might want to check his or her criminal records for any red flags first.


Types of Criminal Records

The type of information you will see on a typical criminal report is the name, address, phone, age, gender, height, weight, physical description, mug shots and sometimes even fingerprints. You will also see their charges, convictions, sex offenses, felonies, misdemeanors, sentencing, pleas, bail, bond, fines, incarceration, and any dispositions.


How Are MI Criminal Records Created?

Michigan law enforcement agents create criminal records whenever they fill out paperwork or reports. From the initial arrest and RAP sheet, all the way through prison release and parole, the paper trail that documents the person’s journey become their complete criminal record.