North Carolina Criminal Records Search

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How to Check for North Carolina Criminal Records

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation provides government agencies, employers and private citizens copies of criminal records for anyone in North Carolina. Some agencies can access the Criminal history record information (CHRI) directly. For the general public, the state has a website offering copies of some-one’s criminal history for $25 each. They also have resources where you can check incarcerated adults, and sex offenders on the registry. You can also use online portals to search for someone and pull up their criminal history.

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Federal Records vs. Court Criminal Records in North Carolina

Each federal and district court has their own website, and some offer online access to criminal records. For example, the Eastern District has a site where you can easily search for someone who was tried for a criminal offense in their juris-diction. You can also use the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system to access federal criminal records. For local crimes, contact the local po-lice, sheriff’s office or local courthouse where the offense was processed.


How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?

Last year North Carolina changed their laws, and now misdemeanors have to stay on your record for only five years (previously 15) and felonies 10 years, down from 15. Once you have waited the full period, you can request that your records be expunged. Instances where the charges were dismissed or ruled not guilty, you are eligible immediately to apply to have your criminal records expunged. You do not have to wait for any time period. There are some offenses that you cannot have expunged; they will stay on your record forever.


Who Can Lookup your Criminal Background?

You can get a copy of your own criminal background report quickly and easily. Unfortunately so can friends, neighbors, government agencies, new landlords, licensing bureaus and the general public. Anyone who takes the time to search for you online and pay a small fee can get a copy of your criminal record.


Why Check Someone’s Filed Criminal Charges?

The reasons why someone would check into your criminal charges are plentiful. Most often criminal histories are used for renting property. Sometimes govern-ment agencies use them for security clearance and licensing. When you decide to use someone as a childcare provider or date someone new, it makes sense to look up their criminal charges.


Types of Criminal Records

The types of information that show up on your criminal record are things like your name, address, phone, date of birth, physical description, gender, race, height, weight, mug shot and fingerprints — all your charges, convictions, arrests, incarcerations, sentencing, and both felonies and misdemeanors.


How Are NC Criminal Records Created?

North Carolina criminal records are created when someone is arrested, charged, makes bail, shows up in court, is sentenced, and goes to prison. Starting with the initial RAP sheet, every time something new happens in your case, it is docu-mented. Everything that pertains to the crime is documented and becomes part of the criminal record.